I think I hit on something this morning- a way to keep J in line. Most of the trouble comes from my not being able to, or wanting to, shadow the kid everywhere he goes. So a light bulb came on in my head.
I'm now paying Ross $1 a day to shadow J and report back BEFORE he gets into trouble. So far so good, but of course it's only 10:00. Small price to pay and it does three things for me.
1. It prevents J from beginning any mischief, as I get fast warning that he is starting something.
2. It gives Ross something to do-that he gets paid for.
3. I can work online and write more than two sentences before I have to get up.
I'll report back at the end of the day...