The day started out HORRIBLE. I’m talking non-stop screaming and crying from the 2 year old and some counter-fusses from the baby because he was freaking her out with all the screaming. Nothing in particular was wrong and yet everything was. I could do nothing “right” in my son’s eyes and regardless the situation, in his opinion, there was a cause for more screaming and crying.
It was only 9am but “bad day” would be an understatement. I could already tell this was going to be a long day. My husband was out for the morning and we were stuck at home with no car.
But I made a decision. Regardless of how the day started, this WILL be a good day.
I tried my best not to mimic my son’s mood as I got the kids ready for a walk. Yes, it took twice the amount of time that it should have because he was fighting my every move, but we got ready and we left.
Thankfully the kids calmed down when I got them outside (they usually do), I took a few minutes to breathe and pray as we walked and got my attitude back where it should be. My sons foul mood had gotten the best of me despite my best efforts and I was stuck feeling dissatisfied and frustrated. The walking calmed all three of us down and we started to have a good time.
We stopped and got donuts at the local donut shop and then visited my son’s favorite local toy store to buy a present for a birthday party next week. He got to play and we had fun. Our last stop was the playground. He got to run around for awhile and both kiddos rode in the swings a couple of times. At one point my 2 year old randomly stopped playing and told me “I am having a fun day”. We all were.
One simple decision: to have a good day. Two huge attitude changes (plus some creativity) and it ended up a great day!
It’s like my friend Fawn from Happy Wives Club always says; “Make it a great day”.
I put her words into practice today and it was wonderful. It’s not always easy, especially when there are moody kids involved, but it’s almost always possible. Today, I learned how to make a fun day out of a bad one and I’m going to do my best to remember how to do it. To realize that it always starts with my own attitude changing.
I can set the mood and change the outcome of a day with my little ones if I’m willing to put forth the extra effort to make it a good day. It may not work every time, but I’m sure going to keep trying! I want to teach my kids to make the most of their days, even the “bad” ones…but that means I need to learn the lesson myself first.
How do you make the most of “bad” days? I’d love to hear your tips!