Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Love Me or Hate Me....I'm just gonna be ME!!

So, I've been having a REALLY hard time wrapping my head around this whole blog thing.  I've been torn between writing socially acceptable things or to just be ME, the whole shebang.  I've been worried that some of my family, former family or parent related friends might find the REAL ME to be rather offensive....and then it dawned on me!!  This is my blog!!  I can write about whatever the hell I want to...and if you don't like it, you don't have to read it. 

So here are a few of the topics I've been toying around with:

To all you haters - BLACK FRIDAY KICKS ASS!!
Raising well-mannered smartasses - a girls guide to queefing & queso.
Dead beat dads, please stand up!!
12 Steps - Living with a gamer/hoarder.
My day at the circus...I mean loony bin.
This is my bubble - Teach your kids how to respect it.
CUSSING & potty mouths - When they're appropriate and when they're NOT!!
Sarcasm - It's an art form.

Let this blog entry serve as a warning or a tease of what is to come.  If the thought of these topics made you smile, click follow...even if it's just for shiggles (shits & giggles).  If you were at all offended, please see yourself to the door!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Putting bad attitudes & sassy mouths out of business...

Being the mother of 2 girls (10 & 13), I get loads of attitude and sass thrown at me daily.  I've been plotting a plan of attack to try to put both the bad attitudes and sassy mouths out of business.  It's gonna be an uphill battle, considering I'm pretty sassy (witty & sarcastic) myself.  But here's my plan:

I've typed up individual attitude & chore contracts for each of the girls and for myself.  I'll attempt to attach a link for them on promises.  But I customized them to each kid, based on my expectations, their age and capabilities...and specific things they might need to work on.  I also reserved the right to revise the contracts as I see fit...probably every couple of months. 

Part of the contract is a rewards and incentives.  I came across these "Happy Tickets" on Pinterest. Not only can they earn an age appropriate allowance, but with happy tickets, they can earn extra little treats.  They can earn tickets by having exceptionally good attitudes, being thoughtful, taking initiative when they see something needs to be done, being nice to each other, etc.  After putting these into action last night, a new idea came to me.  I'm going to make "oops" tickets too.  They'll get them for having to be asked to do something more than once, or back talking, fighting, forgotten homework, etc.  When they've received 3 "oops" tickets, they have to give me back one of their "Happy Tickets".

When I first handed the contract to my 13 year old, she thought it was the DUMBEST thing EVER!!  She said "Mom, I'm 13!!  I can't help it if I have a bad attitude.  All girls my age have bad attitudes!!"  She went on to have a FABULOUS attitude all evening and earned herself 6 "Happy Tickets".  Her sister on the other hand, had a little bit harder of a time.  She had a great attitude about the contract to begin with, but she couldn't quite wrap her head around the fact that if she did something nice and then coughed a hint hint (I'm being nice...give me a ticket), she wasn't going to get a ticket.  She then stomped off and pouted about it.  She didn't understand that even though she didn't throw a full blown fit and didn't talk back...her grumpy demeanor prevented her from earning as many tickets as she thought she deserved.  She only earned one, for jumping up to brush her teeth and getting in the bed when she was asked to.

I'll keep you all posted on how this goes...and any revisions I come up with.

Shelby's Contract:
Bailey's Contract:

My Contract: