Babysitting

My dad and his wife got custody of two of her grand-kids about a month ago — Social Services was called on their mother and when they showed up to check on things, the mother and one of the fathers were smoking weed in the living room with the little girl in his lap and the little boy playing nearby. Obviously they took the kids; they were in DSS custody for 3 weeks and then were given to my dad and his wife. They are normally babysat by my stepmom’s mother but she has dr appointments all day today so…. I’m watching them.

Oh my. First…. if I wasn’t sure before that I was done after 2 kids, I am now. Second, I think I’m glad I have two girls. The little boy (Chance – he’s 4. only 13 days older than Lakin) is WILD. He hasn’t stopped moving since they got here this morning and his favorite game to play is “The Hulk”. I keep having to keep him from beating on the girls and finally had to drag Zeb out of bed to help because I still feel like crap.

The little girl (Sarah) will be 2 in May and is a doll… but has a mean streak for such a little thing. She keeps whapping everyone with whatever she has in her hands at the moment. My dad recommends “just spanking ‘em when they misbehave” and since that’s not an option, the kids must think this is heaven or some such… and they think that since I’m not going to beat them, they can do whatever they want. Time out to think about whatever is soooo not working because they’ve never done it before.

Oh my aching head. Is it 4:30 yet?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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