I want my kids to have fun. I want them to have fun every second of their life. No matter whether they are scrubbing toilets or partying all night long . . . I want my kids to have fun. BUT (you knew this was coming), I want them to learn smart, safe, responsible, respectable fun.
To date, my middle crew of kids are ages 6, 7 and 9 are pretty wild. When they are having fun I love it. I love the sounds, the silliness, the happiness, the youthfulness. However, when they go over the line their fun turns to stupidity. The other night we were playing a game and I told the kids "eyes in the couch, booties in the air." I turn around and Teddy's pants were down and Harvey was spanking Murphy on the butt. They were all screaming and laughing at the top of their lungs and the twins were sleeping. Fun over, Mommy mad. Yesterday I dropped one of the kids friend's home and was chatting with the mom. The car was 20 feet away, Murphy was hanging out the window of the car screaming and the boys were cheering from in the car. Fun over, Mommy mad and embarrassed.
So what do I do with this? How do I teach the children smart, responsible, respectable, safe and NOT obnoxious fun? I rain on their parade from time to time. I wreck their fun when I need to step in and and teach them how to behave in certain situations. It's a bummer. But, it's my job. I'm trying not to raise idiots. P.S. Do I always do this with grace? No! Sometimes I am so shocked my their behavior I grab them by the arm and let them verbally have it. Those aren't my finest moments.