For all of you parents and even people who just want to give their opinons, feel free to inundate me with advice because I can use all the help you can give.
What exactly is the logical consequence for boys who take the wet mop that is supposed to be drying, treat it either as a broomstick (like Harry Potter) or just starting beating the cement with it thereby just about shredding it? What about a child (Austin) who throws black bean juice all over the kitchen just because it is fun? Or, a child who refuses to wear shoes just socks, goes outside, gets on a tricycle made for a two year old and goes down using his feet as brakes thereby ripping holes in his socks? (This would be Cole who has a serious sensitivity to sock seams; we are now down to 2 pairs and I know we can't get the seamless ones here.) Or my most recent favorite.... throwing water on your brother way past bedtime. Oh yes, and Madisen. She's tricky b/c she is quick to blame the boys, antagonize them, or deliberately tell them something just so they get upset (She gleefully broke the news to them that she tossed the tricyle over our wall).
I try making them clean up their messes, the tricycle disappeared, and CR struggles with not always having socks at his disposal, but I tell you, their ability to create chaos is far better than any logical consequences that I can come up with. And when there is three of them and one of me.... well let's just say that I am thrilled Tom is visiting next week. Please wish me sanity.