With the exception of a few months (which my kids don't remember), it has never been just "my family" in my home. And now it is. While the anger at me for changing the situation is still there - thankfully it doesn't surface as much as it use to - our kids are starting to see the benefits. For example, our son - while I'm writing this - is stringing yarn across the living room at different angles and lengths and seeing which is best for a zip line for different materials. Like a paper clip. Or a crochet hook. Or combining the two. Yup, good times are here.
Note: It's my kids that aren't happy about the change. My husband is the one who suggested it, had lots of questions about that on the phone. :) Thanks all!