Today started well. I got up on time. Lunches were made and breakfasts eaten. I even made a coffee. And actually drank it - HOT!
Then I broke one of my absolute, unbreakable rules. I made a threat that I couldn't possibly carry out. When Charlie decided to back up his "I'm not going to Nessa's house" chant by pulling his shoes off, I told him if he didn't sit down and have them put on again, I would take Elissa and Ben and leave him at home by himself. He went inside and said "I'm staying here." It is fair to say I was starting to panic. I told him if he stayed at home there would be no morning tea, no lunch and no-one to look after him. Apparently that was the king hit. He crumbled. I said a silent thanks to whatever gods were listening and got them all in the car.
We were on time, everyone got where they were going and I got heaps of work and housework done. I even got a cup of tea before I had to collect them all again.
Charlie got through the evening with only 3 timeouts. (We are learning about anger management, and it is hard for a 3yr old to control his temper. Unfortunately his impulse is to hit, hence many timeouts.) We finished another Captain Underpants and now I am blogging and watching Bra Boys. It was a good day.