“We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun”
– William Glasser
So, today the challenge is to add some fun to our house. Isn’t it so true that relationships within our families and houses are what make our homes havens? Against the outside? I have already had a morning where my plans have changed several times so I hope to – most of all – be flexible and try and insert fun wherever I can.
I went to bed last night after telling Riley that I couldn’t drive him to school after all. Last weekend I had told him that I would drive him on Tuesdays and Thursdays – if he wanted. Well, when I realized that I needed to come in to work for a 7:30 am meeting and then be home by 9:00 am for my post-placement social work visit, I realized that I needed to leave the house at 7 (and I can’t drop the boys off before 7:20)…He was mad and accused me of “lying”…ugh.
After dinner, I was tired so ended up going to bed at 9:30 or so and really fell asleep. I was awakened twice during the night by the girls coming into my room but must have fallen back asleep quickly because when I woke this morning (at 4:50 am), I felt more rested than I have in several weeks. As I lay there thinking about the day, I decided that the stress of trying to get to my work and back was too much for me and made the decision that I couldn’t make the 7:30 meeting. Woke the boys and Logan at around 6 and started getting breakfast ready. I got to tell Riley that I had changed my mind and that I would drive him to school (and we can stop at the Library on the way to return the books! This is the start of FUN cuz he loves to put the books into the automatic feeder while sitting in my lap in the drivers seat!).
While we were getting ready to leave, I got a call from my SW who said that she was feeling ill and couldn’t come this morning (ugh, this makes the 3rd time she has changed this visit!)
but, the deed was done, I was missing the meeting and off we went.
Here is the rest of my list for today:
- Get to work and complete a couple of projects that I need to do (make hotel reservations for our trip up north over T’giving and email a patient list to my colleagues who are doing clinic with me this afternoon)
- Blog (oh yeah, that is fun!) – and keeps me from working!
- Do my afternoon clinic
- Since I only have 2 patients this afternoon, hopefully I will finish early and if it isn’t raining too much, I will ask my colleagues to join me in a cup of coffee at Starbucks across the street from the clinic space in the Mall (fun for the mommy who never gets out with her friends)
- Go home and feed the kids dinner. Eggs and garlic toast with fruit.
- Make cookies with the kids (and let them eat one before bed!)
Check out how others are putting “fun” into their days today!