Whine and Done vs. Wine and Dine
It has been one of those weeks. We have had one party after another, a tired and cranky son, and exhaustion ourselves. The cold weather doesn’t help either. I really need to get out by myself and have been unable to do that. When I peak outside, I feel like a groundhog seeing it’s shadow and running back to its hole. This trapped feeling has made me anxious and stressed, and Linus’s behavior has declined due to his lack of sleep.
I had started a reward system where every day that he is well-behaved, he gets to pick out a prize on a slip of paper and put it in a jar. At the end of the week, he closes his eyes and picks out a prize. The more days he is good, the more prizes he has to choose from. The prizes range from a kid’s meal, an ice cream cone, or a trip to the local children’s museum. I base the prizes on coupons I have or sales that are going on that week. It was working, but this week has not been as effective. When Linus is tired, he is more difficult to deal with and he acts out more often. Being stuck in the house has heighten his energy level as well.
Hopefully, the weather will warm up and we all will catch up on our sleep. The daily tasks are much more difficult when the morale is low. I am also looking forward to our night out without Linus this weekend. We haven’t been to a fancy event as a couple in a long time and I think it will do us some good to be alone. With all the parties to attend, it has been harder to find time to go out alone. It is healthy and important for couples to go on dates once and while to rekindle their love for one another. We haven’t really felt like going out, since we are barely home. Our dates at home are fun too, but it is nice to get dressed up to go out in order to wine and dine. This date night should be interesting, fun, and educational. Any date that has to do with wine tasting is usually enjoyable.