SST # 7: Very Small Successes

Small-Success-Thursday-550x330It’s been one of those weeks. You know the kind. The kind in which everything goes wrong. Even the things that always go right – those things you can sort of take for granted. Yeah, they went wrong too.

I know it’s weeks like this when reflecting on small successes is extra important. But it’s also incredibly hard to do. So here’s what I came up with:

1. I took the boys to tennis. Last week I accidentally fell asleep on the couch with Sophie and we sleep through tennis. My boys didn’t notice until my husband got home. Then I fibbed and told them it got rained out since it had been drizzling on and off all day. This week, despite all the other yuckiness, we made it to tennis. And I didn’t lie to my kids.

2014-04-02 18.41.502. We instituted a new, super effective consequence for the big boys.  The boys are starting to take advantage of me being pinned to the couch nursing. Their behavior gets a little bit wilder and a little less desirable every day. There’s not much I can do from the couch besides yell at them. I’ve definitely been known to do that, but I hate it. So now we’re writing lines. They have to write a page front and back of whatever line I feed them. They dislike it, so it’s fended off some bad behavior, but (big bonus for me) it keeps them still and quiet for a bit while they complete their assignment. On top of that, they’re writing about how they should have behaved, so I can pretend they’re learning virtue in the process.

3.  I took a shower most days this week. If you’re not a mom, that probably sounds really weird to you. If you’ve raised little ones, I know you know exactly what I mean.

That’s it for me. What about you? Share your small successes at


2 thoughts on “SST # 7: Very Small Successes

  1. I washed my hair in the kitchen sink yesterday because I couldn’t manage a shower. :) Yes, I know exactly what you mean! Sounds like you accomplished a lot to me this week!

  2. I make my daughter write sentences too! It helps with her penmanship, learning about capitals and punctuation AND she gets the correct way of doing things in her brain. Such as “I will follow directions.”

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