Monday, March 29, 2010

Complaints/Compliments

During a frustrating moment of motherhood,
I devised a plan to silence (even if temporarily)
the whining, complaining & tattling.

It's called the Complaints & Compliments box.
I keep it in the kitchen.


Once a month, I sit like a Queen, holding court.

As the scraps (formal complaints) unfold,
I dole out the new laws, the old punishments,
mend fences and break-up alliances.


And every so often, I might even find
a compliment in there, if I wade deep enough.


15 comments:

Elena said...

You are amazing, your kids are amazing, and I, too, love your shirt.

preppyplayer said...

Love the illustrations. I would be nervous to put that in my house, too many people over the age of thirteen and they are all wise guys.

Now that I think about though... I guess all our texts back and forth are equivalent!

Krissy said...

aw! the "I love your shirt" is adorable...

Life As I Know It said...

Brilliant! Yeah, I think I would be afraid of what would go in one if I tried that here...although one can't write yet so maybe he'd just draw nice, happy pictures ;)

Renovation Therapy said...

I love your shirt and brunch was yummy.

Patty said...

That's such a great idea, I'm definitely going to try it with my family ;) thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

argh...let them eat cake
poxx
(what's with the word verification?; you keep makin' it harder for me to leave

Magpie said...

I love the sitting there playing queen, once a month. I imagine it wouldn't work as well with only one child...

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

This is even better than described. The DATED "pushed me into the bus" note. Ha! Looks like someone got *thrown* under the bus on 3/15/10.

And by the way...I love your shirt.

;-)

Nadine @ BDG said...

fantastic!

Janet said...

I adore this idea! Makes me wish I had a family :-)

G-Ro said...

GENIUS!

Rebecca Kiki Weingarten said...

Heard about this one from my sis @rachelcw - she told me it's must-see for me. My professional and personal opinion - you get an A+ and I'll throw in a bunch of gold stars.

Fantastic - and the kids look like they're really learning to express their feelings (good and bad) *and* to control their impulse to act on them rightawayrightnowthissecond.

Absolutely terrific!
Kiki (@coachkiki)

heidi said...

Thanks Coach Kiki!! Rachel, I'm so proud of you!

A Day That is Dessert said...

This is so great Heidi!