simple rules for a difficult day:
simple breakfast: cereal, milk, blackberries, turkey sausage, left on table for girls
simple wardrobe: long easy soft black skirt, black tank top, short white sweater, sandals, ponytail, comfort
simple work: be kind, smile a lot, grit your teeth when you have to, find a laugh, take a good book for lunchtime
simple grievances: speak alone to each girl about fights or responsibilities not done. meet at table. be firm and speak in plain language. do not raise voice. bring hanky. set expectations. end with hug.
simple dinner: pasta, spinach, chicken, tomato, garlic, chicken stock, white wine. use less ingredients, if it all fits in one bowl all the better, crusty bread from the oven and hands for helping. a glass of wine while cooking.
simple homework: double check it's done, triple check it's put away. approach math with patience, perseverance and chocolate pudding. celebrate the last equation.
simple bedtime: wash face, brush teeth, dim lights, read them too many pages of a good book and lose track of time, spend the extra ten minutes to hold her, especially after former grievances, let everyone sleep somewhere that feels safe, build nests with pillows. don't forget kiss.