It’s been a pretty busy start to the year! So many things going on! Biggest on our agenda is teaching Kiley and Jack to roller skate. Actually, learning to skate is secondary to the need to establish some routine sense of order in this tiny home of ours. We are on an award system here. Good behavior, rule following, and over all shiny disposition leads to the earning of stars. 10 stars a week gets us to Tuesday night $2 skate at our local rink. Side note, I broke my tibia and fibula on the floor here during a roller derby scrimmage. I’m recovering from a little PTSD, but I play it cool for the children! Rollhaven will always be one of my true loves! Kiley and Jack are killing it. Roller skating for them is mostly little tiny tip-tap steps on skates with overly tight wheels, but they have something to look forward each week. It makes disciplining more fun and they get the big payoff. PLUS physical activity. The photos below tell a fateful story of our first night on skates.
Kiley is clearly a Xanadu muse and Jack is much more apprehensive. I predict by summer, I won’t be able to keep up with them.
All in all, the award system is working for now. Bartering with these children is actually the smartest thing I’ve done yet.