I thought I write down some things that are good right now, that make me happy. Things that say we aren't failing at this parenting business as much as we might sometimes think.
My kids still get up relatively easily and happily in the mornings. Taylor is 10 and I'm sure the day will come when she whines and complains about waking up earlier than she would like, but for now she takes just a couple extra minutes to get out of bed and is not grumpy (which is more than can be said for her mother).
At Christmas we gave the boys a DS to share and the girls got one too. So far, they still ask for permission to play before getting it out. We've never said they had to ask first, but I like that they realize it is not something to be used constantly and that it is a privilege to have one. We are doing something right.
All six kids still choose to sleep in the same room when allowed, usually weekends. Now that it is summer they'll want to do so more often, but we'll still keep it to every few nights, as they don't settle as quickly when they're all together. I love that they want to be together and don't feel crowded by their surroundings (their mother could learn from them).
(can you find all six?)
The perks of a large family are not always easy to anticipate. Last night Taylor took a bath with Ben (10 and 2) and Madeleine took a bath with Lily (9 and 4). This allowed me to relax for a while and know that everyone was safe and happy. My big girls still like being asked to help keep the younger kids happy, most of the time. And seeing relationships grow between siblings is always encouraging.
I'm still the "Best Mom Ever" in the eyes of a little girl. My big girls still think I'm cool (whatever that means). My boys think I know a lot about sports and cool boy stuff. And they all think kissing is gross, especially when Mom and Dad do it.