Honey is away.
Until FRIDAY late evening. Today is only Sunday.
Today was our first full day of him being away (he left yesterday afternoon), and it was horrible. Isaac did absolutely everything to push buttons (including breaking my camera and/or lens by colouring on it with a highlighter [it won’t focus], at which I somehow managed to keep my mouth shut, and just walk away, rather than bursting in anger). Poor Ally was pretty much her normal self, but everything she did that is normally only slightly annoying (like take a little extra effort going to sleep) was incredibly frustrating today.
I learned something today about myself. When I’m functioning on barely any sleep (about 2 hours I’d guess), I have VERY little patience. This is not good. This is not ok. Understandable, yes. Excusable? No. I need to learn to rejoice in all circumstances, and to have the patience with my children that Christ has for me (yikes!).
My conundrum is that I don’t know how I *should* respond to Isaac when he does something he shouldn’t. Deliberately disobeying. Shouting “NO” at me when I tell him to do something/stop doing something. Pushing his sister so she falls and cries.
Do I respond with yelling and anger? Push him so he falls and cries? (I know, I know). Gently say “Hey sweetie, would you please not do that?”. Give him a time-out? It seems that nothing works. I’d prefer a gentle way, with no harsh punishments (I prefer “discipline” instead of simply “punishing”). I want him to obey because of a heart connection. Is this too much to ask?
Why don’t 2-year-olds come with warning labels?
And instruction manuals?
PS – He has a nasty hacking cough when lying down. It wakes him up in the night, and he then calls out for me. As if I wasn’t already awake enough with Ally…