So, I've had four kids miss 3 out of 4 days of school this week. The older kids are completely fine if they have unlimited time on the computer, TV or phone but the babies are another story. The five year old LOVES to annoy the crap out of her older siblings. She really gets great pleasure in being a brat. Then the baby gets great pleasure in annoying the five year old. She loves to pull her hair!
Which leaves me,
My suggestion, selective hearing. I do it all the time. As long as I don't hear a blood curdling scream or see blood then they are on their own. Know what I mean? A mother knows the difference between a "fake" cry and a "I'm really hurt" cry. We also know the cry that an older sibling has hurt the younger one and will run to defend their honor so to speak.
I'm trying to have patience but I really cannot find any extra around. I'm sick and don't feel well. I just want all the kids to listen with their listening ears and help a mommy out.
My advice to them:
Suck up and deal!