I’m so confused on what day it is. Yesterday felt like another weekend day. My kids had a day off of school, so this totally feels like a Monday all the way.
I wish I could say we had the most wonderful day because that was my intention. However, it ended up being one of those tough days as a parent. One of those days where you have to stand your ground and keep your word even when they won’t like it. Even when you know you are going to hear some tears, some begging, and some pleading.
I had every intention to take them to the park for a little picnic. As I was trying to pick up the house and get everyone ready, my son told me he couldn’t find his other shoe…shoes, many times the root of our problems…
So I told him to look for it, and I’m sure you’ve seen the kid that says he’s looked everywhere for something when really they’ve just kind of walked around and looked in the usual spots. Now we do have a 1 year old around here that tends to collect and relocate things. So sometimes you have to really LOOK for it. My son wasn’t in the mood to look for it. This was breaking point #1 for me.
So with still only one shoe, problem #2 occurs. This is a VERY frequent problem around here. My older two siblings are really starting to bicker A LOT lately. I can see that my asking and talking to them about it is not working any longer. I’m going to have to up my game very soon. So since one was upset that he couldn’t find his shoe, what was he to do? Well aggravate his sisters, of course.
This began one of those fighting moments where I was not pleased with either one of them. This was breaking point #2 for me. At which point, I told them we were no longer going to the park. I just couldn’t reward this kind of behavior.
And this is where the problem really lies…
I had to keep my word. I said it. I had to do it. Because they can see all my little weaknesses and holes I have where they can get through to me and convince me otherwise. But I had to prove my point yesterday. I was not going to reward behavior like this.
Yes, I know what we really needed. We needed to get out of the house and go have some fun burning energy. But I had to make one of those tough parent choices.
And you know what? After the initial shock of “Mom is really doing what she said, and we are not going!” wore off, they were really good the rest of the day.
I think we all learned a little something yesterday. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to think of ways to alleviate some of this fighting going on. If you have any tricks, please share!
So how about an easy supper after a long mom day. Sounds good to me! These burgers are the perfect indoor burger. You make them in the oven, baste them with an easy sauce, and bake them a little more. They are really great for watching some football too!
The burgers are full of flavor because they are just meatloaf disguised as a burger! I adapted this great meatloaf recipe from one of my favorite blogs. It makes the perfect little slider!
- 2 lb. ground sirloin (93%/7%)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 15 saltine crackers, crushed
- 1½ tsp creole seasoning
- 4 tbsp Worcestershire, divided
- 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- ⅔ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp mustard
- 5 slices cheddar
- 9 slider buns or rolls
- 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
- Optional: mayonnaise & mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil.
- Mix sirloin, eggs, cracker crumbs, seasoning, 3 tbsp Worcestershire, and tomato sauce until combine. Do not over-mix.
- Form into 9 small patties. Press your finger into the center of each patty to form an indentation. This minimizes shrinking while cooking.
- Place each patty onto foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes.
- While patties are baking, make sauce by mixing ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and 1 tbsp Worcestershire.
- Remove patties from oven and baste each one using all of the sauce. Bake for 10 more minutes.
- Remove from oven. Place half of a cheddar slice onto each patty. Top with a few red onion rings. Place onto slider bun. Secure with a toothpick, if desired.
Looking for other great game day ideas?