After years of being a Mom, I have developed some tricks in dealing with stinky behavior in public. Sometimes I misdirect, sometimes I just leave the store, and sometimes I just take the kids home and snuggle them on the couch until their little love banks are full and they feel like humans again. At this moment, Liam and I are watching Bubble Guppies on the couch and I am snuggling him and giving him chocolate milk.
This morning I felt like anything but SuperMom. I felt like my day was having me. But through the clouds, I saw a glimmer of a teachable moment for both me and Liam. This is a chance for him to learn how to calm himself when he gets overly upset. It's a chance for me to explain to him that sometimes we feel cranky and mad, but we can't inflict that on others. And it's a time to look for gratitude since I was rueing the day. :) My little inner-mantra was, "we are healthy, we have all the food we need, Neal has a secure job, we have a beautiful family" and it really helped. This morning sucked, but we were able to turn it around into a couch snuggle-fest. Though it's hard to deal with these moments alone, it was a blessing this morning that Neal was at work and Piper was at school so that I could focus all my attention on Liam.
There are always silver linings, especially on the cloudiest days. Even if you are covered in puke, at least you have the ability to do laundry in your home. Look for the silver lining and teach your kiddos to do the same. Make it a game! We all have bad days. What makes us happy or miserable people is how we take those days and turn them around.
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