Do you ever surprise yourself while parenting?
I have been in a Friday funk all day and nothing has seemed to shake it. We have had a little friend over playing and that has kept #1 and #2 occupied while I genenrally spent the day feeling overwhelmed, yet doing nothing about it. Nap time rolled around and I tried half heartedly to get #2 and the friend to rest. #2 pushed and pushed and pushed. Finally I had to place him, crying, into his bed. At this point I had spanked him twice for various offenses during the day(which is not unusual). The 3rd time he came out of his room SCREAMING I calmly walked into his room and laid down with him. I started stroking his head and singing Amazing Grace very softly. By the 3rd stanza he was quiet. By the end his eyes were flickering. I crept out of his bed with a promise to check on him soon. That was 30 mins ago and I haven't heard a peep. Sweet boy. I surprised myself by doing the exact opposite of what I wanted to do, what my earthly flesh was calling out for me to do. #2 needed some snuggling and I am glad I looked outside myself and was able to do it.
I say, I don't often get this parenting under pressure thing right, but when I do the rewards are sweet! What is your secret to staying cool?