- When I'm not feeling nice, fake it.
- I don't have to be a Care Bear Camp Counselor all day every day. Sometimes kids can find their own shoes, rummage through the pantry for their own snack, build their own fort, or try to figure out their own math problems...or wait until their father gets home to accomplish the above tasks.
- Stay off the telephone between 3:30pm (after school) and bedtime. No need to exacerbate the chaos.
I intended to end my post on that thought, but on re-reading it there is something more I need to add. The older I get, or I should say the older my kids get, the less patience I have for spending time with negative or resentful mothers. Most of us chose this calling and although what I said above is still true, motherhood often makes us wish we could find a river to skate away on, it is also the most interesting and exciting job in the world. In the past seven days the Gillespie School of Children Who Will One Day Be Well Adjusted, Happy Adults has included lessons on why eating boogers might make us sick, how to make scrambled eggs without overcooking them, how to spell the words "blue" and "blew," and why it is funny to refer to your father as "Old Man." A fascinating and varied curriculum, indeed. I love being a mother. And as a demographic, we are the toughest chicks I know.