I'm thinking this could be that they are entering the pre-teen/teen yrs. I'm even getting it from J, who is so often my more compliant child! Spine surgery or no spine surgery, no back talk is going to be allowed.
Is it just the change in weather, or is anyone else getting the bad attitudes from their kids???
I've decided to put mine to some extra work/chores. The more they mouth me, the more chores they are getting added on to their lists! (Although I do kinda feel like Ms. Hannigan in Annie Lol! Only not quite as mean.)
I've got Josh sweeping, vacuuming, mopping...scrubbing toilets. A little man-u-al labor does the attitude some good! J can't bend, so she was wiping the sinks, cleaning the mirrors as far as she can reach. (I sound like a slave driver don't I? Don't worry...she was standing in one place, and not overdoing...but she did have to take her punishment just like Bubb did!)
It has worked too! They are both being kinder to each other, working together (Josh was even doing some of her work to help her) and very respectful of me. I didn't just put them to work, but we had some heart to heart talks prior. Not "preachy", but just reminders of God's principles for living...things I too need reminding of as well...
On being kind...choosing to cooperate rather than tear each other down (or YELL each other down!). It sure makes a huge difference in the harmony of our home.
It is amazing how small negative attitudes and comments can rub of on each other, and soon escalate to HUGE yelling matches. This is just something I will not tolerate. It unnerves me to hear a lot of yelling and bickering. I like peace and quiet.
A little work, goes a long way! :) A lot of work, goes a longer way...