Yesterday was hot, hot day. It was one of those days where it was too hot to even spend it at the spray park, too hot to play outside for more than a half hour and too hot to do anything. Most of the day was spent watching Netflix, sending text messages to Dad asking to approve the request to download a new game on their iPad and laying on the couch. All five of us, laying on the couch, napping the day away.
Today started to go in the same direction, with the kids laying on the floor of their bedroom in a tent made from every blanket on the second level, again faces glued to iPads and not outside where the cooler day deemed it perfect to spend the afternoon outside.
Finally, at 11:30 after finishing up a few things I had to around the house, I wanted to tackle the salted caramel sauce recipe I had saved, and make it
for movie night so I could eat it with a spoon, I shooed them outside, where they proceeded to cry, whine and scream in the back yard because I locked the door with a few bottles of water and told them they had to spend at least thirty minutes outside.
I gave them the supplies needed to make a fort, and listened to Violet scream and whine that she didn’t want to be outside. I watched Olivia put her face against the window, refusing to take the bait for any of the ideas I tried to plant in her head for things to do.
Caramel sauce takes concentration. Kids need to spend time outdoors.
They screamed for the entire eight minutes they spent in the backyard. The tears flowed freely and sisters were irritating each other in full force. Finally, Olivia made a tent and Violet cried and cried, calming after I gave her a yogurt to bring with her, making her promise to bring back the ‘good spoon’ when she was finished. After ten minutes of ‘forced outside time’ they got back into their groove, playing house outside with the pile of blankets they were given for the fort. Funnily enough, Olivia was the mom in the game threatening to lock Violet outside if she didn’t get outside and use her imagination.
I’ll take that as a parenting win.