Right now, I feel like I have Mom Game. I feel like I'm on top of my game...but I don't want to say that too loud. Is there any wood around here to knock on?? It seems as if things have just been in a groove lately. Why is it that I have more patience that I can ever remember having? I have been on a streak of seemingly unlimited patience for a while. AND - I have no. idea. why. Is it because we took a trip without kids back in August? Is is because my kids are growing up and leaving me during the day to go to school? Is it because my good mood and patience actually perpetuates good behavior, which actually creates more patience? (You know - I have always said this works in the opposite way as well. Kiddos are mirrors of the reflection you give 'em. If you are having a hellish day and it shows...they undoubtedly will make. it. worse. Luckily, the positive side of the mirror reflects as well.) Or, is someone trying to tell me that I can handle just one more tyke? I don't know. But, I don't want it to end.
Kids can definitely feel the effects of stress that parents go through. I have seen it before in my children. During stressful and hard times that we have had over the last few years, I can see my patience dwindle and our momma - kiddo relationship gets stressed. In turn, all that does is stress me out more (and them too). Of course I don't want them to feel my stress. Another vicious cycle, right? I can recall back during the worst time of our life last summer (2011) my kids just happened to color with crayons on the couch (something they had never done before and have never done since), cry more, act out, and Jillian even regressed in her potty training. In fact, our dog even had accidents in our house, something that he had never done before. Stress can be felt by the family, no matter how hard you try. In fact, sometimes during the roughest of times, you don't even know how to try. Emotional exhaustion is just that exhausting.
So...I'm going to enjoy this groove we are on. Trust me, it is not all perfect rainbows and sunshine, but we are just all singing on key right now and I love it.