Bo is known to sneak away and join other families at museums, climb into the laps of strangers and ask them if they have a rash. (She is obsessed with asking people about their rashes because she rashes easily and "rashes" are now her favorite topic of conversation.)
Bo's hobbies include standing on tables, bathing Fable's dolls in the toilet, breaking anything that is breakable and hiding in my closet behind my long dresses and then laughing when I (finally) find her because HA HA HA, GOTCHA.
Bo can run faster than her eight year old brother (not to mention, me) and can go days on no sleep without yawning or, you know, taking a breath. She is the last to fall asleep and the first to wake up and has more LIFE ENERGY than anyone I have ever met.
On the other hand, Revi has served as a sort guardian angel to Bo's recklessness. Revi is the voice of reason to Bo's HEY, LET'S SLAM THIS DOOR ON EACH OTHER'S FINGERS DOESN'T THAT SOUND FUN AND THEN WE CAN UNLOCK THE GATE AND GO FOR A WALK DOWN THE STREET BY OURSELVES!
A few weeks back I posted a little bit about our struggle on Instagram (these comments are amazing, btw. As are these.) and since it seems many of you are going through the same kind of AHHHHH as it pertains to your "spirited" child, here are some things that have helped me stay sane in the wake of... well... Bo's wake, AKA ten ways we are currently surviving (and occasionally thriving) life with our overwhelmingly insane/beautifully unique/completely amazing/wild child. ED: This is what works in our household and is in no way expert information.
Ten Ways We Survive the Wrath of Bo
1. Give her jobs - The other day I realized that if I gave Bo a Dustbuster and told her to "vacuum the hallway" she would do so with joy and excitement until said Dustbuster ran out of electric charge. This is also a metaphor.
Words mean EVERYTHING. (Unless, of course, they mean nothing in which case, everything falls apart.)
8. Be outside as much as possible - Some kids (and adults) just need to take it outside. Where the air is clear and the space is open and there are fewer breakable objects.
Sometimes, we just have to get it out and move on.