Yesterday was a tough day -- easily one of the most challenging days I've had as a parent -- so it wasn't an easy task to sit down and clear my head last night
- Amidst the anger and frustration, I kept my cool in what was one of my most challenging moments as a parent. I didn't yell, didn't lash out with over-exaggerated punishments to reflect MY anger; my response was calm, yet firm
- I have a friend who "gets" it. She understands what so many other people don't. When everything looks so polite and well-mannered on the outside, anger and ugliness can still lurk within -- sometimes explaining that to people is tough because all they ever see is the good, they can't imagine the bad. It's wonderful to have someone who doesn't need an explanation. To have someone who reminds me that I can do this.
- We avoided the pre-dinner whirlwind of chaos that occurs when I'm simultaneously trying to get dinner finished, supervising toy clean-up and table setting and tending to a fussy baby. Foresight on my part meant homemade chicken noodle soup (crockpot), fresh baked bread and warm brownies for dinner. All ready to set on the table at 6pm with little work in the hour beforehand.