Coming up with ways to keep the kiddos occupied on stifling, hot, humid August days is requiring all the creativity I can muster. Yesterday we were playing in the water hose, in the shade, while eating popsicles and still could not stand to be outdoors for more than about 15 minutes.
This morning I decided to journey to Target. It is 35 minutes away. The kids behaved beautifully, despite all 3 being in a shopping cart built for one child. (I loaded all my goods onto the rack beneath the big basket.)
As a reward for their good behavior we ventured to ChicFilA for lunch afterwards. I am still a bit anxious about taking them out alone without the stroller...but they were wonderful and truly exceeded my expectations.
As we got back into the car, I was praising them for being so well mannered and started singing a little made up song to each one of them as they were being buckled into their carseats: "Good job, R(K/P)." Each of their little faces would look at me so expectantly as I was singing the song to a sibling and would then BEAM with pride when I got to their name.
After I finished, I buckled myself in and heard P singing softly, "Good job, Mommeeee. You behave in ChicfilA."
It melted my heart...and I beamed with pride. I guess we never outgrow our need for a little appreciation and positive reinforcement!