It has been a crazy few days. We have these two girls here for respite care and Michelle and Emma have engaged in mutiny. They have thrown all our house rules out the door and chaos reigned. I have gotten my house under control and I also have two girls who are grounded.
Typically when we have a new child come into the home the children in the home clue them into our house rules. Of course I am here and let them know what we expect. However, when they are playing in the play room or outside with the kids they are expected to veer new kids away from doing things that they know are not allowed.
For example, Michelle and Emma came down for school on Friday morning with jewelry on. It was jewelry that was packed away in the garage where there is a play area. They know to leave the packed boxes alone. However, they went through some of the boxes with the girls and they all helped themselves to whatever they wanted. Larissa was staying away from them at that point because they kept trashing her bedroom and she was rather disgusted with the behaviors.
I can't even begin to tell you how many times in the past few days I have said, "you know that is not acceptable behavior in our house," to my kids. Not only have we had children getting into things they shouldn't but we have had so many house rules broken that I can't begin to count. It culminated today with Michelle yelling at me because I sent her to her room. Yelling at me does not help your cause.
Besides breaking many house rules, Emma and Michelle turned on Larissa. I told them on several occasions that these girls will get on the school bus on Monday and will never be back. They were losing an awful lot and harming their relationship with Larissa for girls who were only passing through.
This experience has sealed it for us, we will not being doing respite care anymore. Emma and Michelle are not ready to have other children in the home who are close to their age. It actually makes me a little sad. They turned against all our rules and against Larissa for two girls who were only to be in our home for 5 days.