Mama said there’d be days like these and man was she right! Mom’s you know exactly what I’m talking about. Things can go smoothly for weeks then the inevitable day comes when you just feel like throwing in the towel. I’m absolutely not wallowing in self pity of complaining (too much) here. I just want to show you all that even though I like to blog about our good days and our successes, I have days like that too. We all do!
So yesterday I had a few things that I wanted to pick up, the weather was beautiful and I was wide awake before 8am so I figured that was a good omen. I got us all ready and out the door we trotted! We hit the Dollar Store first and I got the bulk of what I needed there. We were there for maybe 15 minutes and Ben was so good and sat nicely in the cart the whole time that I thought I’d let him pick out a toy that he could get. He happily picked out a little yellow dump truck and we were on our merry way. He even flirted with the cashier on our way out!
Then we got to Target. I swear to God it was like I brought a totally different child there! He didn’t want to get out of the car without his little dump truck which still had the Dollar Store tag on it so I thought, fine I’ll let him take it in. That’s not a battle worth having. Once we got into Target he wouldn’t sit in the cart for more than 2 minutes, even once I pulled out his tablet with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on it. I let him out of the cart while he proceeded to cry and thrash around as I tried to make my way to the groceries to pick up some pie crust. A staff member walked by and said “Oh someone is tired!” I think I shot torpedoes at her with my eyes. I didn’t say anything but was thinking, “Bitch keep walking!” I quickly picked up a few things as I dragged a sulking, crying Ben around and got out of there. I never did get that damn pie crust.
Maybe this wouldn’t bother everyone, but at the time I felt so defeated! I kept wondering how I would ever be able to get my son to behave properly in public. He did it before, why can’t he do it every time? The people staring doesn’t really help with the mom guilt either.
Today I thought I’d make a fun recipe for supper that I had seen on Pinterest. Remember that pie crust that I forgot while distracted at Target? Yeah I needed that … but being the domestic goddess that I am, I decided that I could make my own pie crust. Not the best idea that I ever had. Also not the best idea to try 2 new recipes for supper in one night. Both were Pinterest fails and I was defeated! Nick and Ben ended up having leftovers and I treated my wounded pride to some Subway.
Kids have this crazy way of humbling us when we begin to get too confident about our parenting skills. And that’s ok. Sometimes I need to be kept in line and reminded that I am not the master of the universe and I too, have much to learn!
What are some of your tips to keep kids in line in public? How about dealing with the feeling of defeat? I’d love to know!
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