Today as I took the kids to Wendy's, for free frostys, G was letting the last bits drip into his mouth. I told him not to do that, because it sets a bad example for M and P. Then as I tried to clean it all up, I dropped the cup on the floor.
I was agitated because it's always hard to take 4 kids anywhere, especially a restaurant. Also there was a woman with some significant facial deformities and M kept staring. I kept signing to M to stop but she didn't.
So after my fumble with G's cup, I said we were leaving. M and P weren't done yet, but I was freaking out so luckily they didn't. Nice one E. I probably made the woman feel more uncomfortable than the 6 year old child who wouldn't stop staring.
Then we went over to feed the koi downtown. I had brought the stroller so bB and P were contained. M had a jar of fish food and was walking on the curb behind me. The streets are really narrow and I told M to stop walking on the yellow line. She didn't hear me. She was busy guarding the glass jar and balancing on the line. So I stopped and asked her if she had heard me. She hadn't. I then cruelly showed her how easy it is to fall into the road. No I didn't push her into the road. But I did make her drop her jar of fish food when I jostled her (after making sure no cars were actually coming). M didn't freak out then either.
Later when we were getting back into the car she tripped and barked her shins on the ledge of the van. She cried a bit, but calmed down when I held her.
Mhe's getting resistant about practicing. I gotta be nicer. She really is so amazing and sane.