Here are several things that just don't work in our household anymore that I depended on:
- screen time captivating the attention of all children
- lots of unstructured play time
- pretty loose supervision
- internet breaks for me here and there
As for mornings, I just made up a 15-minute increment schedule with clip art. They want to play in the morning, but it's the kind of loud play that draws in the other kids, who are either supposed to be doing something else or who can't resist the potential for conflict. Or if I try an assembly line to get all the morning prep done in stages for all kids simultaneously, they are in each others' faces way too much. So, I bought some kid headphones and I'm giving each kid a designated time to listen to a book on CD. Here's hoping this helps.
I read The Connected Child from the library once, but I've picked up my own copy to pore over now. I become more and more concerned that there is more to Cricket's story than her official reason for removal, which didn't sound like much. Or she is having an exceptionally difficult time settling some other reason. Or this is the way it always is for toddlers separated from their families, and I'm just naive.
So, I'm using all the ideas I can. I have to pour into these difficulties with ideas and effort, but I know I also need to breathe and surrender control. But it feels like there's so much at stake.