I decided to make a quick stop before taking my daughter and 4-year-old nephew to the park today. A quick stop to pick up my husband’s gift for Father’s Day. In and out was the plan, but my darling daughter would hear none of it. Today she was that child.
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The child who was satisfied at nothing and whose blood curdling screams left ringing in my ears. The child whose shrill outbursts echoed throughout the many corridors of the mall. The child who was so loud that the woman who greeted me in the store said,
“Oh that was YOUR little girl we heard.”
Great. She was that child today. I know that every baby, toddler, kid, has their day (or week, or month…LOL) but I couldn’t help but to feel the frustration seeping through my now tense body.
What is it that you want Alex? Really? You’re really gonna be like this right now?!!
I thought about leaving, but knew there wouldn’t be another opportunity to go to this place before Sunday. I had a quick decision to make, and I chose to press on. As calmly as I could, (through clenched teeth and bawled fists), I asked the saleswoman to hold on to the gift while I went into the hallway. I needed to take
several a few deep breaths because there was no need for this innocent employee to feel the wrath of the angry frazzled mama.
Boy oh boy. As my 15th month old learns to ‘express’ her self more and more, I couldn’t help but to wonder what happened to my sweet innocent baby. Hahaha! I knew she was in there somewhere, but it was time for her to make an appearance. As I attempted to shake it off, I reminded myself that my little angel was teething (canines), and this round has been especially tough. I reminded myself that the tears would eventually subside, and it was ok for mommy to have a little (or lengthy) time-out. I also reminded myself that my nephew was being so patient and kind throughout the chaos, and for that I was grateful!!
So I pressed on, got what I came for, and eventually sleep won the ultimate victory. Thank you Lord!
In the end, the 10 minute errand turned into a 40 minute ordeal, but we were finally able to head to the park. Once again all was right with the world…
HOW DO YOU HANDLE PUBLIC MELTDOWNS? WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR PRECIOUS ONE IS BEING ‘THAT’ CHILD?