The Spark That Started A Fire

Under my ass, anyways.

Today’s assignment from the Zero to Hero Challenge for Day 3 is:

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

  • Because it’s an idea you were so passionate about, it motivated you to begin this new project — there’s something to that.
  • Because the best way to become a better blogger is to blog.
  • Because you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for following through on the idea, the blog, and the post.

Honestly, the thought that drove me to write was that I wanted to better myself and my life. I wrote the post I wanted to share most, which was my Promises, Promises post. However, there are some other thoughts dwelling in my mind when I started this up that I wanted to share.

Lately, I’m struggling with my son, Hayden. He’s 10, he loves his Xbox and he’s a total smart ass. The problems we face with him is that he refuses to eat almost everything we offer him (his sister however, eats everything just fine) and he’s a jerk to Lillie. I mean, not just a little bit thoughtless or selfish. He’s totally manipulative and mean to her. I haven’t figured out how to change his behavior on either count. So far I’ve reduced myself to providing children’s ensure type drinks, and making up for his cruelty to his sister by taking her out myself, or by shaming him for being so mean. Although he seems to feel regret about his behavior when pointed out to him (or even punished for it) it’s usually less than a day later and he’s right back at it. This will end up being a longer post at another time when I come up with a solid plan on how to deal with it.

Today  marks the first 24 hours since I gave up my traditional cigarettes and instead am using the electronic one. I even managed to switch over at the “medium” level of nicotine instead of the high one. I purchased a variable voltage battery to help and several flavors including Sweet Tarts and Mt. Dew flavors, but I’m certainly not well versed in all this yet. I feel like I desire something with a strong fulfilling flavor, but my husband seems to find both to be strong and satisfying… I don’t. Maybe it’s because I wear a dentures plate? I dunno. Again, as I learn more about it, this too will become its own post.

So anyways, generally, the idea that got me started up on blogging was that I had some goals I wanted to meet, and making myself accountable for them on here was how I planned on meeting them. I do have some other topics I’d like to touch on, and I’ll get there as we go, for now, I’m trying to focus on improving myself before I can improve those around me.

And just in case you were wondering what happened to Day 2 of the Zero to Hero Challenge, it can be found over in the side bar in the “About This Blog” widget. I didn’t feel that the addition of the widget required a full post. Thanks everyone! See you soon!

Andrea

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2 thoughts on “The Spark That Started A Fire

  1. Congratulations on quitting smoking I did the same thing years ago. Its not easy but determination will get you there. We had four children they are all grown up now but someone was always getting picked on or left out. We were told to ignore the bad behaviors and they would go away to be honest some of them did and some did not. Its hard to ignore some of that stuff. We ended up doing family counseling which allowed everyone to talk about what was bothering them. I have heard others say they had a family meeting night every week on the same day. That night you could write down what was on your mind and bring it to the table for discussion. Many say this worked quite well.

    • Hello! Thanks for the feedback! I will have to try out your suggestions with the kids. The only bad behavior we tried “ignoring” was the tantrums for attention when my son was really young. We found that while that works well for solo tantrums, it wasn’t working well for anything else, so we don’t really ignore, per say. We try to discuss… and this does work for the older boy sometimes, but the younger girl is harder. We’ll find a way, but I really do appreciate the suggestions!

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