Soooo, patience is definitly not my virtue. I am continually working on it but so far it has been a hard uphill battle. Combine my crazy temper (which I also work very hard to keep in check) with a lack of patience and its a wonder that I have ever been able to work with children.
So this afternoon, after 2 grueling hours of slogging through homework that could have been finished in 45 minutes, Ethan finally goes outside. Not even 5 minutes later he comes back inside, crying and wearing only 1 shoe. So I ask him why he’s only wearing 1 shoe and his answer is that the other shoe is too small. So then I ask him why he’s crying and he says, in all seriousness, “I don’t have any idea” and just continues to stare at me like I’m supposed to immediatly start comforting him over his non-existent issue! So I (not so kindly) gave him two choices: he could go sit on his bed in silence with no books until dinner or he could put his other shoes on and go back outside!
I just don’t get it. I really really don’t. I know I’m not the most patient person and I know kids like to push the boundaries, but these are the most emotional and irrational boys I have ever dealt with! Yesterday Ethan peed on himself in the backyard because he just simply didn’t come inside. I asked him why he was holding it instead of just coming inside and going to the bathroom and his response was to just shrug his shoulders. They just turned 9!!! It isn’t just me right? Its not normal for a 9 year old boy to be peeing on himself, especially if it isn’t overnight or somewhere without a bathroom? The kid was in his backyard! He told me that he had to go do bad that he was “holding his weiner”. Seriously! I just honestly do not get it.
Maybe I’m just out of touch with how 9 year old boys act because I don’t remember when I was 9 or when my brother was 9, maybe I’m expecting too much of them. But I remember as a child, we had rules and you followed them. Excessive whining and crying were not tolerated. Manners were used and respect for adults was shown. Are those really that foreign of concepts now? When I started watching these boys they were 7 and had no idea what table manners were! It truly blows my mind. I am definitly thanking God every day of my last week watching these boys that He has given me a new job where I don’t have to do homework and remind about table manners every day.