I've been remiss in posting the last few weeks....but life has been very very busy. Sometimes I need exhaustion to hit before I can say "whoa, time to regroup". Lest you think I've been digging ditches or engaged in physically exhausting manual labor, rest assured it isn't that. It's a different type of exhaustion. The feeling my husband and I have of being worn down by trying to discipline two six year olds, two four and a half year olds, a three year old and a generally compliant (but definitely watching how the big kids do things) 18 month old.
For Joseph, our eldest boy, the new favorite activity is 'pushing mom and dad's buttons' and he generally does it lately through potty talk. We've learned many things in the first weeks of first grade - not the least of which is a myriad of new words and phrases for body parts, bodily functions and the like. He thinks it is hysterical to use them at the table, in the yard, while doing homework...you name it. So he's spent a lot of time in time out this month.