Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Hump Days of Summer

Well, here we are in the middle of summer. We've already had some great fun and there are still many adventures and activities left to do. But inevitably, we've reached that point between summer is great, and how much longer until school starts.

Yesterday on the way home from doing the climbing wall at the gym, it was an all-out sibling drama that went something like this:

Kid 1: Stop making that annoying rattling noise!
Kid 2: Rattle, rattle.
Kid 1: STOP!
Kid 2: Rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle. HEYYY! Don't take it! GIVE IT BAAAACK!
Kid 1: Hurls whistle at Kid 2
Kid 2: OWWWW!!!
Kid 2: Stop turning your magazine pages so loud!
Kid 1: Rustle, rustle, rustle.
Kid 2: SSSTTTOP!!!

Well, you get the gist of my 18-minute commute that repeats itself over and over again throughout the day. (And everyday throughout the summer.) I'm thinking to myself, I probably have the two most annoying, worst-behaved kids ever. It becomes a mental will to keep myself calm and from turning into "mean mom." Redirection isn't working. Neither is turning up the music. They just get louder. I want proof of these moments, later, when I'm describing my day to my husband. So he remembers when he leaves for work and I'm sleeping in, that summer for a stay-at-home-mom is not fun and games all day. So I start recording a video of the antics without the kids realizing it. I got a good minute's worth.

Then, at the next stoplight, I played it back for the little monsters so they could see how ridiculous they were being. And I could hardly believe what happened.

They started laughing. At themselves.

At the crazy crying and the drama of it all.

And by the time we pulled into the driveway, the tears were dried up. This time. I can't guarantee it'll work next time, but I'll take the win for that day.

P.S. If you're wondering where the video is, they insisted I delete  it, so I did. No public shaming here.

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