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Josh-D. S. Davis

Xaminmo / Omnimax / Max Omni / Mad Scientist / Midnight Shadow / Radiation Master

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I am an ogre...
Josh 201604 KWP
Max is trying to do homework.
Khai and Brenna (neighbor) keep playing VERY LOUDLY in the living room.
Erica has asked them twice to go outside, and each time gotten the "Just a Minute" thing.

Me: You've already said just a minute, and now...
B: Oh, I know, I do that to my mom and dad all the time!
Me: HUSH! I AM TALKING. I AM SAYING YOU NEED TO GO OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW. It doesn't matter what you're doing, just get your shoes and socks and go now.

On the one hand, I'm frustrated at the disrespect to Max. I'm frustrated that they were blowing off Erica. I'm angry that she interrupted me while I was laying down the law. In general, she's pretty disrespectful, flippant, and aloof. A few small, simple rules like:
* Quiet when people are working
* Don't leave the door open
* Don't go in and out of the house more than once or twice an hour.
* Clean up your food messes

Mostly though, she's nice and the kids have fun with her. It bothers me that I felt the need to raise my voice at she who is not my child.

I guess that's how things go -- once in 14 months for someone who's here an average of 25 hours a week.

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I've been thinking of a cattle-prod, but I hear that's frowned upon by CPS...

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If I were green and picked my nose less?

Man it's hard. It's their stuff, and your stuff, and it can clash. I have in my head how I'm going to handle that kind of situation but you know what? We all have our best ideas and they may work most of the time. And sometimes they don't work or they don't happen at all because we just react.

I've heard what I think is your SERIOUS DAD VOICE and I have also heard what I think is your SERIOUSLY ON THE BRINK OF HAVING A MOMENT ON YOU KIDS voice and fwiw, they are very different. I wonder if they feel different to you? And fwiw, as a kid I think I would have known the difference, too. As a kid if it was just SERIOUS DAD VOICE I'd probably tread carefully one or two visits and probably repeat the behavior one day cuz I put it out of my mind (oh, lack of home discipline). But the other voice? I'd probably be shaken up and I mighta told my mommy.

That said. You're a very loved and loveably ogre. How ya feeling now? How did the rest of the afternoon go?

This was not the serious voice, it was the angry voice, but it didn't carry into a tirade or berating.

But it was the angry voice.

Everything else whent fine and Brenna seems no worse for the wear. Though, she did ask before running past me when I was sanding part of the deck... Hrmmmm.... *gleam in eye*

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