So today… It was not my best day.
Have you ever noticed how whenever you are having a bad day, your kids totally flip out and act crazy. Or maybe that’s just my kids, but whenever I’m not brining my mommy a-game to the table it’s like they can tell, and they act like lunatics as a result.
I’m not talking a mild tantrum here or there. I’m talking about my two year old silently opening the fridge and dumping half a gallon of milk into our carpet. I’m talking about just moments after getting out of time out for the milk incident I look over to see him whacking his sister in the head with one of my (soft) winter boots. For real kid? For real???
Yes, this was my day. Chaos, impatience, naughtiness, hoping my carpet won’t forever smell of spoiled milk…. Just a typical day with toddler right? Wrong, it’s normally chaos, but this was a whole new level of crazy, even for my kids.
So what’s a mama to do?
I did the only rational thing to be done in this situation. I loaded them in the car, and took them to the park. for two and a half hours. We legitimately stayed there until it was time to get ready for bed. Because sometimes, being at home just isn’t working. Sometimes, leaving the house as soon as physically possible is the only solution (and the only way to have a hope of the carpeting surviving until we move out of our apartment). Sometimes you just need to abandon the messy house to it’s messiness and go somewhere fun.
So we hid. From our own house, and as the nice fall air embraced us I slowly felt my sanity return. I laughed with them, where earlier I wanted to cry at them. We had fun. The kids got dirty, and tired. I was able to bathe them and put them straight to bed with no more time-outs, no more lectures or harsh words. Just fun for them and peace for me.
I’m so thankful for the gift of the park, for days when we have to hide from our home.
Have you had to hide from home recently or do you have a kiddo who has spilled a gallon of milk? What’s your craziest tale of things your kiddos have spilled or ruined? :)
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