The day after we assembled our activity jar
the kids excitedly got dressed, tidied their rooms and ate breakfast — all without bickering. They were so excited to see what the day would bring that our morning routine went smoothly — until it was time to pull out an activity.
Isaac pulled “play at a friend’s house”, which was all fine and well, until I called our friends. Every single family was away on vacation or their kids were in summer camp. This led to an epic meltdown by both children and me cursing the experiment. Gillian next pulled “pick berries” and instead of being excited to go out to our local berry farm, the kids pouted and protested (desperately wanting to invite their friends to the berry patch) while I gathered up our gear. Thankfully, the berry farm is only 10 minutes from our house and their moods dramatically improved when I pulled into the farm’s parking lot (as did mine — I was awfully sour too).