Have you ever had “one of those days”? You know those days that seem like you just can’t find the happiness and adventure that goes along with being a mom. The days you long for a warm cup of coffee and a really great babysitter to whisk your kids away while you run away and get a massage? Yeah it was one of “those” days.
It felt like we were hitting a wall over and over again! Austin & I kept butting heads and on top of it Charlotte wasn’t napping. My parents were in town and we were dragging the kids every which way. Austin was having little breakdowns and fighting me on every single thing. I was exhausted to say the least..
My parents last day came and went and we said our goodbyes. I quickly loaded the kids up and headed to the gym. Austin was crying in the back seat and Charlotte was protesting in her own way. Neither wanted to go sit in a gym day care for an hour and they both were on the verge of losing it completely. Then Austin looked at me and said “Mama, can I watch trucks at the gym?” That’s what he says when he wants to watch cartoons on our iPhones. My heart sank. I asked myself. Had every uncomfortable, awful situation led him to wanting to watch cartoons on our phones or watching tv? Do we constantly shove these things in his face to shut him up? When did we resort to this type of response.
At that moment, I promised myself no more phones, no more tv and no more ignoring their requests (well maybe never but we needed to cut back). My kids are 1 & 3 and they don’t want to be dragged around all day. They want to explore, play outside, wrestle with each other and snuggle. So this is how I said yes for the rest of the day and cut back on using electronics to soothe their every little need, or when I needed a break from them.