So, school gets out in another few weeks and I have come up with a winner of an idea, one that could surely make a lot of money. Sibling peace boot camp, a place where moms can send their children before the summer begins to improve their skills in cooperation, getting along common and general peacefulness. I know I have unreasonably high hopes, a summer with no screaming, no quarreling, no fighting, no crying, no arguing, no whining, only peaceful, kind, interactions of brotherly love. A mom can dream can't she. We only have two more weeks of school (of our current part public, mostly homeschool set up) and soon my boys will be spending many long unstructured hours together. The previews I have seen are not looking promising. Despite the 4.5 year spread between my 1st and my second- they do not coexist peacefully for long periods of time. In the current developmental mix is a "hold me and feed me lots, i-like-to-squawk-at-dinnertime" baby, a highly autonomous, power hungry, scrappy two year old, and a very independent, "don't wreck my stuff" justice minded, 7 year old. Three boys, with three very different agendas, and one mom to make it all happen and keep the peace. Isn't it time we give peace a chance? Maybe when unsavory behaviors arise i will blast them with our cat stevens summer anthem--until they beg for mercy. So boys, everyone jump up on thepeace train (or plasma car as is the case in our house) cause we're about to leave the station. And that’s an order!!
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As a mom busy growing up 3 little boys, I want to teach them to be smart! And by that I mean to think, to make wise choices, to care about the important things, to help make the world better, and use up their lives on the things that really matter.