We all have them. Those days that just start off BAD. Today was one of those mornings. The furnace wasn’t working (not a shocker for the old thing), and the usual fix wasn’t working. Then we hop in the Van to find out that it has also decided it doesn’t want to run. The mood is tense, the kids are upset, and all I can do is try to keep my cool.
As I drove to my class today in the car, (thank goodness DH started work later today), I found myself thinking about how we both were reacting to the situation. Both being stressed out by the series of events, we argue, and talk with a sharp, annoyed tone in our voices. I realize how unfair this is for our kids. They just don’t get it. How could they? They are all excited about going to their grandparents for the morning when they are taken from the van, and mom leaves in a huff to make it to class on time.
I think that sometimes when your day takes a turn for the worse, we need to step back and think about the fact that our kids just don’t understand it. Rather than make the situation worse, maybe we should just take a breath, sit down, and talk about the situation. Maybe Q is too young to understand, but explaining what is happening to our 3 year old would probably make enough sense to him to let him know its nothing he did.
Even as parents, we learn new things everyday.