Have you ever had one of those parenting moments where you knew that you had to make a hard decision and really didn't like it? You know that you really don't have a choice and it sure sucks.
Last weekend I decided to take the kids roller skating. I hadn't taken all of them skating before and was trying to get out of a rut. You can skate from 10:30 to 12:30 for $4/person including skates and a playground they have on site. Emma was on restriction so I loaded up the other 3 older kids and Sarah. We got around the corner and had a problem.
Michelle had left her backpack in the car. She pulled out an item that I had taken away from her, it belongs to John and is not hers. I had taken it from her before and told her to leave it alone. Apparently she had taken it and had hid it in her backpack. Why would she pull it out at the moment? I really don't know but I literally pulled over and stopped. I REALLY wanted to take her skating but I knew at that moment that I couldn't.
Ack, I really do not like those parenting moments. My kids have such behaviors that if I had ignored it and let it go it would be a behavior that would escalate. I get tired of always having to be "on" with my parenting. I pulled out my phone and called John, he immediately said to just bring her home. I knew that I had to and I did, but it was hard. Her consequence for taking the item was the loss of skating. It hurt both of us!
I have scheduled February 1st as out next skating date. I hope that better choices are made so that all the kids can go.
I can tell that this is an area where we have been neglectful. The kids have in-line skates but they really struggled to stay up at the rink.
I went and paid $4 and put on some skates myself just so I could show Anthony and Larissa how to skate.....and to hold hands.
Luckily I didn't fall and break anything!
We had a great time, hopefully next Saturday you can see pictures of all the kids sporting skates.