Every once in a while I throw a decent tempter tantrum. Maybe I’m modeling the terrible twos my sweet boys are going through right now, maybe it’s PMS, or maybe I’m just a tired momma.
Tonight when I was unloading the dishwasher all of the glasses had weird hard water junk left inside and it was enough to send me over the edge. “What’s the point of the dishwasher if I now have to hand wash all of these dishes?!” Expletives removed for your safety.
My loving (and much calmer) husband gave me a hug and kiss and said, “Why are we letting this defeat us?” Then he left the room to answer an incoming call, thankfully sparing me the embarrassment of “publicly” feeling like a crazy person.
Do you ever let the silliest things set you off? And then do you let those things totally destroy your mood or even your whole day?
Sometimes I feel like a mommy Jekyll and Hyde, one minute in awe of how beautiful the world is and of how thankful I am. Then the very next minute, someone is “angry honking” their horn at me for no reason, which sends me deep into potty-mouth land and naughty-finger world.
The reality is we are pretty darn awesome woman and moms. We spend 99% of the time being great and doing great things. Then 1% (ish) of the time we sail on the crazy cruise.
The challenge is to not allow that 1% to defeat us or drown us into feelings of inadequacy. Darkness seems to strike when we are on a high, so we need to be ever vigilant to not allow it to sink our ship! Mommy tantrums are as inevitable as child tantrums. Intercepting tantrums and/or properly dealing with the aftermath is the key.
The next time I feel a mommy tantrum coming on or more likely, after I’ve thrown my next mommy tantrum, I’ll try to remember:
“Why am I letting this defeat me?”