Something happens everyday around 5p. It is my least favorite time of day. The kids are tired, hungry, and ready for daddy to be home. I am tired, trying to make dinner, and ready for daddy to be home. I dread this time of day because my kids' bodies become possessed by aliens. The whining increases to unbearable levels, the arguing increases, the demands increase, etc.
Why does this happen? I know this happens to other moms too. What is it about this time of day?
Today was an exceptionally bad day. I offer small snacks like carrots, but that does no good. I offer drinks. I turn on the television. I referee and still NOTHING!
I was so thankful that two of the blogs I read this morning referenced scripture about controlling the tongue.
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
James 1:19 “Everyone should be quick to listen.”
When they act like alien children, I want to yell because I am tired and frustrated. Of course, when I yell, the situation usually gets worse because they get frustrated. It is a bad downward cycle. Today, I thought of these blogs and what the women authors had written. I thought about these verses and did my best to be a better person. I was mildly successful. My bubble burst when they started being rude to each other. I can't stand rudeness because each one of them...Emma, Jonah, Samuel, and Elena...are better people than that. So, I raised my voice. Thank goodness tomorrow is a new day.
On a different note, today was National Running Day. I planned a cross training workout for today, but decided I had to run today. I could not call myself a runner if I did not run on National Running Day. So, I got up at 5:30, laced up my super cool purple sneakers, and took off running. I had an awesome 5.7 mile run with an average pace of 8:31. It was a great run!!