Let me give you a glimpse of our first day of vacay:
It is really overcast and a bit drizzly, so we have spent the morning inside the house. It all started quite nicely with Charlotte and Danny playing well together and eating their breakfasts in peace. The peace and harmony, however, did not last. Danny got a time-out, and now after many more time-outs in the last few hours, I can't even remember what that one was for. Possibly for yelling at me, which he has done a lot today. Anyway, while in a time-out, he proceeded to tear apart his room, pushing his mattress on the floor, pulling out toys, etc.
The kids wanted a video, but I insisted that they get dressed and do some chores first. Charlotte cooperated beautifully: she got dressed and helped me clean up the entire family room. Danny, on the other hand, got really angry and refused to get dressed. He finally began cleaning up the mess he had made in his room, but yelled almost the entire time. When he realized I wouldn't help him clean while he yelled, he finally shut up. But, he still refused to get dressed, so he didn't get to watch the video. Throughout the morning, he got at least two more time-outs for yelling at me.
Later, it was Charlotte's turn to act up. She said she wanted Cheerios for lunch, so I gave them to her. For some inexplicable reason, she got upset and asked for more Cheerios. Since she had plenty, I refused since I knew she wouldn't be able to eat any more than I had given her. Well, My darling girl was annoyed, so she purposely tipped over her bowl onto the table. After her long time-out, she decided that instead of the Cheerios, she wanted a hot dog. I said that she had to finish the Cheerios first, since I had already poured the milk on them, per her request, and I am sick to death of wasting food. This time, she got angry and threw the bowl on the floor. She is now in time-out and has been for a good 15 minutes.
All this has happened in just 4.5 short hours. I wonder what the rest of the day will bring.
So, here's my question for you:
How do you structure your days in the summer and what kinds of chores do you make your kids do? I could use some advice here, in case that wasn't already obvious.