What Brings Out the Crazy-Eyed Mommy in Me More than Anything?

Kalevai House I have nothing to wear!

I have nothing to do!

My room is ugly and boring!

We have no snacks!

There is nothing that brings out the crazy-eyed Mommy in me more than statements like this.  My poor children are ruined forever because of dragging them all the way around the world to India, to homes made of thatch and garbage. All they have to do is complain, and they know what they are going to hear back from me.

Complaining is poison to my ears.  I know I let complaints slip from my lips occasionally…ok, more than occasionally, but I only complain about really important things, like running out of Oreos. (ha)

We’ve been dealing with this issue pretty seriously at our house.  Complaining at our house is a serious offense.  Why?  Because we have everything we need.  We want for nothing.  Our stomachs are full and our house is warm.  We have indoor plumbing and  hot water.  We have a full refrigerator and a stove to make food with.  We have bonus stuff like TV’s and computers.  We have toys and dolls and make-up.  We have nothing on our want list that we truly need.

What do you do when you hear people around you complaining? I’d love your creative insights.  I am sure they would be better than what I want to do when I hear my kids complaining– like tossing them out in the snow with  no shoes.

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