And it’s only Monday...
I have to vent...
This morning, my husband and I took the smallest step child (age 4) shopping with us as we both needed new hiking boots for an upcoming trip. The closest stores are about an hour away.
The car ride there: smallest step child demands to listen to certain songs (which my husband gladly plays), throws a fit about not getting to visit his mom (does wonders for my mood), repeatedly asks to turn the music up or down (again, which my husband gladly does), and plays with his water cup (splashing the window multiple times).
At the store: smallest step child constantly grabs things off of shelves and doesn’t listen when he’s asked to stop, insists on touching everything he walks by, throws a fit because he can’t have a $65 kids backpack.
The car ride home: smallest step child is playing nicely with his hat (finally!), then asks for something round to put in his hat (so of course, husband, while driving, must search for something because smallest step child asked for it), husband gives smallest step child a quarter (which he then flings out of his hat and it lands on the floor). Why would we stop there? Husband proceeds to reach and find loose change (while driving) and continues to give it to smallest step child. I make a small comment about how I’m going to end up with change all over the back seat (in MY car). Husband replies with “I can think of a lot of other things that aren’t as easy to pick up in your back seat and I’ll clean them.” OK? Cool? How about you just stop giving the kid change to throw around? Smallest step child eventually falls asleep for 20 minutes and then wakes to throw yet another fit about seeing his mom.
We get home and unload the car, I leave to pick up my 14 year old from school. Currently sitting in the parking lot... looking at all the loose change that was left in my backseat. How do people do this forever? I think I might go crazy if this is my daily life. Please tell me it gets better.