It is 2:00 in the afternoon, and the only sound I hear is the hum of the dishwasher. Both of my children are asleep. This means that both of my children will be doing the hokey pokey at 10 pm this evening instead of sleeping.
Earlier today, while I was outside for 10 minutes trying to shovel frozen goat pee, the kids were inside, having stolen the chocolate milk mix from the pantry, eating it in my daughter's bed. It was a big mess. This is not the first pantry caper. I doled a "no sweets for three days" punishment, which may be the first actual punishment besides a time-out that they've ever experienced. I feel good about the punishment, but I'm not convinced that this behavior will change because of it. I'm thinking of designating a low shelf with healthy snacks that they can grab when they're hungry. I mean, do they always have to ask me when they want to eat something? Are there really "healthy snacks," you can keep in a pantry that you'd be ok with your kids eating willy nilly in the middle of the day?
Coffee: Enjoyed a quiet cup right before writing this. (I'll pay for this later!)