The Bad Day


It was a bad day….

It started waking up in my daughter’s twin bed for the umpteenth time this week because she woke up multiple times in the night and it was easier to stay in her bed with her.

Then I went downstairs to find dear husband made breakfast for himself but not the kids.

Next my son cried crocodile tears all morning over every. little. thing. Also he must be growing because he whined for more food every hour.

After lunch I couldn’t get Netflix to stream the kids’ show from my phone to the tv like we normally do.

So we went outside. Fresh air cures all!

Except when it doesn’t.

My son was still crying crocodile tears over every. tiny. thing.

It was contagious and my daughter starting crying crocodile tears too. “Mommy, too high [on the swing]!” “No, Mommy! Now I’m slowing down!!!”

I couldn’t do anything right. I sat down on the playhouse bench. “Mommy needs a time out,” I declared.

Serenity now!

[Still grrr]

Serenity NOW!?

Universe, please help me stay calm with my kids even though I feel like I can’t stand even one more whine.



We wandered over to visit our chickens and the kids started to calm down. I started to calm down too.

We found milkweed pods and planted them in our field for the butterflies.  We were all a little happier.

We went inside for yet another snack…. Happier still.

Finally they were happy enough to play together in the living room while I started cooking a delicious soup in the kitchen.

Then my mom popped over for a visit. She played with the kids  and we had a little chat.

Calmer still.

Back to normal.


Don’t get me wrong. I love my gig as a stay at home mom, and most days are good. But some days this sh** is hard! (sorry for the profanity, but science shows that swearing relieves stress and pain.)

How do you handle a rough day with the kids?

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I am stay at home mom to two wonderful kids. I grew up in Vermont, but it wasn't until I left this great state for a few years that I truly appreciated what a wonderful place it is. My husband is also a Vermonter, so we are happy to be able to raise our kids here surrounded by a large extended family. In fact, we like it so much that we bought the house next door to his parents, and my mom lives in an apartment on our property. We enjoy playing outdoors and poking around our little "gentleman's farm" that we started in 2010. We have chickens, goats, a work-in-progress vegetable garden, fruit trees, and we tap our own maple trees for syrup. I have a BA in environmental studies and an MA in urban planning. I try to keep a toe in the professional world that I left when my oldest was born by serving on our local Planning Commission. You can learn more about me and my passion for this planet we call home on my blog: Mama of Ma'at


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