So, my brain is tired. Ball games every night, working really hard getting my 4-H kids ready for the county fair, plus (trying) to keep up with the garden, the house, and the kids, I’m tired. I have nothing new for you today except for an update from the idiots at Expedia . It’s at the bottom. I didn’t figure those twits deserved top billing. I wrote a post back in March about WANT vs. NEED and teaching kids the difference. I really like it and think you will too. Without further ado, please enjoy this re-post:Today I posted this picture on my Facebook page:
This really made me start thinking about my kids and the path that we are leading them on. We make our kids do chores. Nothing hard core, just the basic, “we let you live here, you can contribute” type of chores. Make your bed, pick up your stuff, do as I tell you because I am the boss of you. You know, things that teach basic life skills. We don’t pay an allowance because we feel that we “allow” them to live here, we feed them, we clothe them, we clean up after them. We feel they get “paid” plenty well enough.We don’t have cable or satellite TV, we get what we get. We have 1 desktop computer in the center of the house. They get 30 minutes at a time on said computer, and they are not guaranteed that everyday. I have a laptop that is for my “paying gig”, but doubles as my writing instrument and enables us to watch the football/basketball games that are on ESPN. Little fingers are not allowed to touch. We have a Wii, but time on that is limited as well. We live in the house that Farmer Bob grew up in. It was built around 1920, and we still have an outhouse on the premises. It is not currently “functioning”, (if I get many more complaints about how we need another bathroom, I may have to pop the top) but I just think it’s cool to say that I have an outhouse. A good, old-fashioned, outhouse. (Farmer Bob just informed me that our basement was dug out by horse…how cool is THAT???) Contrary to Mini-me’s beliefs, life here does not “suck”. Life here will turn you into a fully functioning adult.
Needless to say, she did it and life goes on, until tomorrow when we most likely could repeat this scenario again. I understand her need for instant gratification, but what are we teaching our littles by giving in to them, and obliging their every whim? By giving them the cell phones and the laptops and allowing them to eat in their rooms? When do we, as parents, reclaim our spot as “the boss” and learn how to say NO to their WANTS, and pay more attention to their NEEDS?EXPEDIA UPDATE:
So, remember how I had a little problem with Expedia.com? You don’t? Read about it here. Done? Moving on. I received an email back from them. Here is what they had to say:
Thank you for contacting Expedia about booking a flight reservation for a group of passengers. We apologize for the delay in answering your e-mail. We are currently experiencing heavy volume of e-mail requests, preventing us from responding within our normal standards. We are sorry as well for any inconvenience you experienced when booking a flight reservation for your family online. You may only book a maximum of six passengers per standalone or "flight only" reservation. Your words carry a lot of weight with us, and our primary goal is to give our customers superior service. Comments such as yours help shape our policies and practices as we learn and grow. We will forward your comments and feedback to the appropriate members of our management team.
Thank you for choosing Expedia. Randy Expedia Customer Service Team
Yeah, okay Randy from Expedia. First of all, your customer service is in no way "superior". In case you didn't notice, I didn't book shit with you because you won't allow me to book all 7 membersof my family at once. You and your "appropriate members of your management team" can pretty much bite me. I didn't "choose Expedia" you nimrod. Southwest Airlines, here we come, get ready.
Now, would you mind helping a momma out and voting for me again?? Just click on that little juggling lady up there at the top. The one juggling, yeah, that's the one. Click and your are done. Thank you so much :)