I am SO NOT a morning gal…so waking up to bickering children starts off the day all wrong for me and often there can be no coming back. There are a few ways I’ve found to switch the mood of the day and kind of have a “do-over” (as my friend Christine likes to call it). One way is simply stating the do-over. It works suprisingly well for me and my almost-4-year-olds. :-)
Another thing we started doing this last spring is a little something I like to call after-baby-goes-down-for-a-nap-and-before-it’s-time-for the-twins-to-rest-GAME-TIME (got that?). After we’ve picked up the house and had lunch, we read a few books and then play a round or two of a favorite game before rest time. Our currents favs are Castle Candyland (for those days when we’re short on time) and Zoo Match. Zoo Match is like three sided domino cards with animals instead of dots that you match up. Our kids are totally addicted. Playing games with my kids is something that gives us all a chance to sit down, spend uninterrupted semi-structured time together, and reset our day. If the morning was difficult for one (or more…) people it allows rest time to start on a upswing- rather than entering rest time in conflict or frustration.
One way our family finds to recharge the batteries is by taking a walk to a nearby school or park (this evening it’s the Glendoveer Fitness Trail) and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and the fresh air together. I’ve found this is especially helpful for my husband and I as we get a chance to talk at the end of the day and there are no dirty dishes or overgrown lawns vying for our time. Plus, it helps get the wiggles out of the children before they head to bed for the night.