it's not all bad, you know. ;)
However, as it seems to be the case whenever my husband is away on business, either I get sick, or the kids do.
On the Sunday, it was my turn.
I just couldn't get out of bed. I had all the symptoms of a gastro bug. (Ick.)
When I informed the 9yr old of this, he immediately snapped in to 'responsible one' mode. He asked, "Will I get breakfast for everyone, Mum?" I advised this would be preferable (rather an understatement), and off he went.
He made himself and his brothers breakfast. He had them brush their teeth (without prompting from me). I even heard him say to the 4yo, "Don't forget to wash your hands after going to the toilet before you touch your toothbrush." He organised some snacks for morning tea, and made everyone a sandwich for lunch. He put a DVD on for them to watch and he even went down to the chemist to collect some anti-nausea tablets for me (I'd called ahead to arrange them for myself - the Chemist is, fortunately, at the end of our street).
Thankfully, by mid-afternoon, I finally felt able to get up and move around. However, everyone was fine...thanks to the 9yr old, and it was then I realised something...
I'm raising independent boys.
Not only am I grateful for that, I'm grateful in general that the 9yr old was so helpful, mature, capable - all without complaint. Really, I couldn't be more proud of him (and I told him that a number of times, too).
Thanks to Maxabella for hosting the weekend grateful. Pop over to her blog to check out more grateful posts.
What are you grateful for this week? Do you have kids? Do you think you're raising independent kids?