Every once in a while, we will have a really good day, an almost perfect day.
Last Thursday was one of these days. Just before bedtime I sat down with the older two and reviewed the day; I reminded them what a great day we all had together. They agreed.
However, along with the good days come the bad days, those days when nothing seems to go right. The kind of day when you want to throw in the towel and just go to bed so that you can start over again the next day. We’ve had a few of those days, too, recently.
And then there are the cranky days. On these days, there is one child (or two… or three… or four) who is just in a bad mood or having a hard day and refuses to comply and complains about everything. Yesterday was one of those days. And Mom could do no right. I showed my worst side in public in front of lots of other parents, whose kids were all behaving while mine were not.
All this to say, I get it!
We’ve all been there.
We’ve all been frustrated, angry, embarrassed and worn out.
The good news is that these days can be redeemed!
Even though I yelled and whined to my husband when we got home, I was able to sit down with each child and explain why their behavior was wrong and the consequences of doing that again. We had a nice dinner, and then I read and cuddled with the little boys while Nathaniel played a board game with the older two. It, certainly, was not one of the “good” days, but we survived, and today is a new day “with no mistakes in it yet.” (Name the book/movie!)
Have a great day, friends!