Is It Okay To Bribe Your Kids

Yes…I DO think its ok to bribe your kids. Just make sure you choose these ‘bribing moments’ carefully. You know….for only important matters.

Here is a perfect example of when it is OK to bribe them. This is me and my 3 year old, Meysa:


Round & Round

I have sick kids, climbing kids & kids throwing tantrums. Although I deal with these things daily; it’s usually not all at the same time.

Zevyn stayed home from school Tues, but by that night, he was jumping around like the rest of them. As soon as he layed down, he told me that he didnt want to go to school anymore. He wanted to stay home with Momma. (Poor Kindergartners. They can’t WAIT for school to start, not realizing that they have to go everyday for the next 13 years…)

Anyway, when morning came and I went to wake him up, he wanted no part in going to school.

I’m still sick, Ma.

But I sent him anyway, even though I really didn’t want to. Its this whole ‘absent more than 5 day’ thing. We have to go to truancy court..blah blah…I honestly hate it, but thats another story.

The call from the school nurse came at noon. Zevyn had threw up all over his pants and classroom rug. Wellll, now I felt HORRIBLE!. Checked him out when he got home and was pretty sure it was strep. Doc confirmed it today.

Next, Im dealing with Aytric climbing up on the couch. Its not so much climbing up there, as it is him always trying to come down head first. We start with me telling him to stay sitting down….

Then this….


And these..



And while all this is going on, distracting me from what Meysa keeps doing, I’m dealing with this…

Busy, busy all day long. But Im hopeful for these 3 things…
-None of the other kids have strep…yet
-Aytric hasnt broke any body parts…yet
-Meysa has eaten the rest of the candy, so there’s no more to argue about. 🙂

Mama’s Losin’ It

Projects Before Bed

So, we begin a project tonight, not knowing exactly what we’re making yet. As I start getting out all we’ll need, they mention making cars. Cars? Yep….that’ll work. So, I get an outline right off google images and we’re ready to go.

Blue, red, green? What color car do you want to make?





They worked so hard on these…except for Meysa. She basically watched me as I did what she wanted to do herself, but couldn’t. These are their finished projects..




Then it was time to hurry and clean. OOPS….way past their bedtimes.

I love being able to spend actual quality time with the kids. It gets hard trying to split up ‘momma time’ between them all.

Every once in awhile, when its been a long day, and I think, ‘Man, I cant wait for kids to just go to bed so I can have a moment of peace and quiet.’, I remind myself that Ill never get this day back! I’ll have plenty of time to rest in the future. When all my kids move out and we have all the quiet we need (plus more), I know that i’d look back at these days and be thankful that I gave them my all. I gave them every last bit of energy I had. I gave them every great memory they have. And it’ll all be worth it in the end….every sleepless night ……and every gray hair….

Our Family Band

The downstairs is finally coming together. (YAY!!) It consists of a living room, 2 1/2 bedrooms, a full bathroom and a laundry room. We started on the bedrooms as soon as we moved here, but with family coming to stay with us for awhile, that was put on hold. Yesterday, we got a new couch and coffee table for Taigyn’s new ‘living room’. My oldest son, who is 16, has two rooms in his bedroom. A huge room and a small one. He has used the bigger of the two, since we moved here a year and a half ago, for his bedroom. The other room stored his weights, along with a little bit of this and that. But, wait…STOP. That’ll be a blog for another day….House Projects. 🙂

As we’re all downstairs, cleaning, moving furniture, etc, we hear …BANG BANG BANG!

‘That’d be Meysa!’, I smiled, as I shuffling across the floor towards Jorey’s room. Yes, to this day, when I have socks on and I’m on tile or hardwood floors, I still like to slide as I walk. 🙂

I grabbed my cell phone along the way and sat down to record her little show…..

Well, of course, after all the kids heard the drums, they dropped whatever they were doing and came through the door like little ducklings. One by one, until AT LAST…..our entire family was crowded into Jorey’s tiny 11×15 room. Well, with a bed, entertainment center, a full size drum set and 8 people…it’s tiny.

Growing up, we were a very musical family. My dad…. 🙂 My daddy has been writing songs since before I was even born. He plays the guitar and the piano. To this day, I could just sit there for hours listening to him play and sing. His voice can make you dance or lull you to sleep at night. Love you, Daddy

My oldest sister plays the piano best of us four girls, but we can all play. Of course, my Momma sings and plays piano, too, but she never did it with my daddy around….just to us girls. 😉 Love you, Momma

So, yes…..we all sang together growing up, for family, for gatherings… we were The Schultz Girls. Everyone knew us. And it is those childhood memories that I treasure the most. Tearing up a little just thinking about it…

So, back to us all gathered into Jorey’s room. The kids started picking up instruments and it began….Our Family Band….check ’em out…


Give it a few years….. 🙂