Remember the saying, “if the kids are quiet, something’s up?” Yep, generally true. My daughter (5) came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I’m not sure if you’re going to be angry, but…” and she trailed off. In ran my son (3) and he yelled,
but we didn’t have any red paper
Ah, the red paper. This is a time when, as a mom, I had to make a choice. Be angry or relax? I chose to take a deep breath and remind them both of the line from their favorite book, so we recited it together.
Mama will always love you but you gotta clean up the mess.
Yep, they made red paper.
Angry mom or I love you mom?
As the book says, I’ll always love you. My kids are at a very impressionable age. I know that in around May of this year as we waited our things and we were all stressed and cooped up in an entirely unfurnished apartment, it was rough on all of us. So I know I need to keep the ANGER at bay. Kids are kids. They wanted red paper. They problem solved. And then they cleaned it up. Happily. In the end, I have to remember that a mess is just a mess. We can wipe it up (currently trying to make sure all my non-washable paints are hidden away some where safe), move on, and now… the kids have red paper.
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