Stone Soup for Five: Entitlement Project --Week 1 recap

Entitlement Project --Week 1 recap

VIDEO GAME DETOX
Week 1


SUNDAY NIGHT:  We introduced the plan.  Some attitude and push back.  Then the rest of the evening was the boys talking and playing by the fire in the fireplace.
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MONDAY:  After school two boys kind of just hung around me, not really sure what to do.  One eventually went to build a lego project, another went to see if the neighbor needed his lawn mowed.  The third  is currently laying flat on the floor, on his stomach, under my chair, moaning.  He's not done with school and miserable because it's sunny outside.... Lord, have mercy.

MONDAY NIGHT:  HELP! I feel like I can't breathe!!  They won't leave me alone!  Being an introvert and homeschooler, I really did (for the most part--when there wasn't fighting--which was hardly ever) enjoy the time that they would be occupied with video games. It gave me breathing room in our tiny house.  No more breathing room.
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TUESDAY: Today will be a trial.  On Tuesdays we go to help my aunt by giving her a day out from caring for her aging dad (my Poppa).  Before, we'd just bring our school work, the boys would work there, and then they got unlimited time on Gramma and Bobba's iPads and laptops playing stupid online games and watching you tube videos.  Not today.  I've already told them that's the case... and one is, right now, crying huge sobbing alligator tears with LOTS of drama because now he feels that he's being FORCED to go (I agreed, he is) and that there is NOTHING IN THE WORLD TO DO other than video games.  NOTHING.  IN. THE. WORLD.  Sob, sob, sniff, cough. SOB.  The other two have already packed nerf guns.  I have a headache... this day definitely calls for a Starbucks on the way. Oi.

TUESDAY EVENING:  After talking to the crying son about there maybe being other possibilities to spend time, he brought along a board game and a nerf gun.  While it was a SUFFOCATING time for me, with all three boys in my face, it was a blessing when they did sneak outside for a bit and came back sweaty (exercise BONUS points!) and I enjoyed watching them finish a board game AND play Legos in the living room by Poppa.  Their faces were OFF the screens and instead being creative and talking to Poppa a bit too.  The suffocation I felt was totally worth it, seeing them interact more.
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WEDNESDAY:  Today is my birthday, and I'm planning on some time outside in the SUN reading, then Mr. Measure and I will go out for a birthday dinner and bless the boys with a short time on video games.  (Remember, part of the deal with losing video games for the month included the boys getting to play when we are on a date.  Free video game babysitting!)
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THURSDAY: The boys did good last night on video games, but it came right back to me why we stopped.  When we came home from dinner, they wanted to keep playing and put up a bit of resistance, but shut them off when I gave them the stink eye. 


Today is co-op, so we went there, and came home later than normal and it's been a struggle to get work done.  They claim that it is because there is no motivation to get it done (before they had to be done with school by 4:30 to play video games).  But now, since there is no option of playing, they ALL are dragging school out FOR.EV.ER.  Since we tied allowance into finishing school and having me check it over before 7pm, they'll all lose a dollar if it's not done.  I figure eventually they'll get sick of dragging things out eventually... right? 

Right now the oldest two are out pulling weeds because they were both messing around and it ended up in a brawl with head butting and body slams. Their mission is now to go out and pull 20 weeds BY THE ROOT and show me them... had to add to knock the dirt off the roots.

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FRIDAY:  Friday is Pizza and movie night, so we did that as usual, nothing too traumatic or different.
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SATURDAY:  Because it was my birthday this past week, part of my gift from Mr. Measure was for him to take the boys on a hike in Portland.  So they went off and did that for the morning, and then came home later in the afternoon.  We had a few (okay, a LOT) of moments of them just being IN MY FACE and on TOP of me.  At one point I told them to please, PLEASE give me breathing room. Seriously, all three were hovering like vultures over me while I was trying to read a book.  They drift a lot too.  Drift to whatever room I'm in and pepper me with questions.  I could be correcting their school and they'll clot around me and tell me about something or ask me about everything... I'll gradually move elsewhere and they'll come and clot on me there.  


Seriously, this whole video game detox is wearing on ME.  I need breathing room and QUIET and that's exactly what I got when they were plugged in. Lord, give me strength!

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SUNDAY:  Church, then yard work.  The boys helped SO much more today than usual.  There were still a lot of ON TOP OF ME moments, but our oldest is out being a Parkour punk with his friends, and the other two walked to the Dollar Tree and are now outside with Mr. Measure tossing the ball around.  That is HUGE.
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So, overall week recap:

BAD: I have no breathing room, I feel like I'm all tight and stressed out when they are in my face ALL. THE. TIME.  But I knew to expect that.  So I've just got to deal.

GOOD:  They were all MUCH more active.  They played more board and card games this week then in the last few years combined.  They went hiking with their dad, tossed the ball around, walked to the store, and were creative.  There were a few moments of them whining, but weeds and chores ended that pretty quick.

Overall, it's been eye opening for all of us.

Just three more weeks to go, and then we re-evaluate.


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