Do you ever have a day that's so bad you just want to curl up in your old, stained college sweatshirt, drink cheap wine and binge-watch Project Runway until your eyeballs feel weird? You do, mamas. I know you do because I see you sharing crap Someecards memes about it every 82 seconds on Facebook. You know who else has days like that sometimes? Your kids. And just like you, when they have these days, it usually isn't because something major went wrong. It's typically just a thousand tiny frustrations that add up to feeling like a weepy, useless mess. I know that parenting a weepy, useless mess can be trying on one's patience. Trust me, I have one in particular who, when she gets going, has a true gift for making the inside of my left eyeball seize in instant migraine-reflex mode. And I know that as parents, we're told again and again and again that consistency is key. (If we give into our children when they scream, we teach them to scream! Oh NO!)
But, hear me out: On occasion, I think it does wonders for the soul -- theirs and ours -- to indulge our children's defeated exasperation rather than punish it or try to stamp it out with time-outs or willful silent treatments. Just remember, it is illegal and inadvisable to give your child cheap wine! Try instead to think of ways to recreate that same feeling, like this chocofied, caffeinated, potty-humored place setting I made for my daughter this week to calm the beast.
Disclaimer: My children are not well behaved or particularly pleasant for periods of time exceeding 30 minutes. Follow my "Eff Consistency" advice at your own risk.