Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka
Crazy time always occurs during the same period each night: Between 4-7 p.m., which unfortunately includes the time period when I make dinner.
It never fails. Sweet Pea and Superhero can be playing together for an hour straight — giggling, laughing, sharing, talking — but as soon as I head into the kitchen to rattle some pots and pans, the wheels come flying off the sweet, Facebookable sibling behavior.
Last week, I had taken two strokes with a potato peeler before the mayhem began. Suddenly, they were chasing each other around the house, arguing about whether or not the doorknob that came off the armoire in my daughter’s doll house looked more like a cupcake or mushroom. Seriously, people, you can’t make this stuff up.
.Anyway, this incredibly important debate escalated quickly, as most little kid skirmishes do, and in about 45 seconds I felt like I needed to either open a bottle of wine, order take out or sell my children on Craigs List.
If you have young kids, you know what I’m talkin’ about, y’all.
The whippersnappers were too amped up to just sit down and read books or do an art project. So, I looked up some exercise videos On Demand on our cable box and discovered a dance section. If you know my kids, you know that there’s nothing they love more than a dance party.
They also love to follow directions (from anyone but me, apparently). Two minutes later, they were rocking it out.
My Superhero was like, “Mom, I LOVE dancing!” Sweet Pea followed, “Me too! Watch this cool move!”
It was so incredibly adorable to watch, I had a hard time going back to peeling potatoes. But I did. And man, were they hungry later after burning up the living room dance floor.
I can’t wait until it’s light enough for them to go out back and play while I hook up the vittles. In the meantime, though, On Demand may see a few more requests from our house on chaotic nights. And I’m gonna stock up on slow cooker recipes that require nothing but opening a lid come 5:45 p.m.
What tricks do you use to get necessary things accomplished when your tots are going bonkers? Help a mama out.