I’m nervous about a couple things.
So, Todd and I have three kids. It’s safe to say that for the past few years, we have been in survival mode. Just trying our best to keep everyone relatively fed, clean, and happy. Our kids are now 2 1/2, and they are indeed, essentially fed, clean, and happy. We are starting to slowly emerge from our proverbial fetal position and cautiously peek out at the world, wondering what we have missed, and what is coming next. But before we have a chance to really exhale, and congratulate ourselves too much on keeping our kids alive and well for the past 2.5 years, the reality of what is looming in the future smacks us in the face, and ensures that we remain slightly panic-stricken on some level, at all times.
What I mean, of course, by ‘looming in the future’, is what is to come in our financial future. School tuition. Activity Fees. Car insurance when they turn 16. College tuition. Weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to each and every one of these things, I just have no idea how we are going to pay for it, and that makes me very nervous. Between the two of us, we make a fair amount of money; we don’t live extravagantly by any means, and yet we struggle to get ahead financially. This week we are going to take the time to reorganize our financial strategy, make a budget for ourselves, and start working together to reach our goals. I have been reading a lot about Dave Ramsey lately, and am kind of intrigued by his book:
I’m thinking we should give this program a try. From what I read, it is pretty extreme but if you follow it, can make a huge difference. I really want to order it online right now, but I think maybe I’ll make a trip to the library later this week. That’s a step in the right direction, right?
There’s another reason that I’m nervous. Cameron is throwing more and more tantrums as the days go on. He is really hard to console/calm when he gets upset. He wants what he wants, when he wants it, or else. I find myself putting him in time out more than his siblings, although, they are certainly not tantrum-free either. It’s just so difficult to deal with a tantruming child when there are two other 2 year olds running around in the background. They know the exact millisecond that I turn my back to deal with something else, and will get into mischief if given the opportunity. So I’ll have a screaming Cameron in the corner, and as I try to keep him there and calm him down, Lily will grab the closest ride-on or push toy and start climbing up to the kitche counter to grab anything she can get her hands on. Then Ben will decide that is the perfect moment to take all of his clothes (and diaper) off, and pee on the carpet. I keep asking myself- is this normal toddler stuff, or am I raising little hellions here?
Maybe Mr. Rosemond will have the answer to that.
I really, really, really hope so….
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