It always amuses me when family or friends tell me how patient I am with the boys! HA!! If you were a fly on our wall, you would totally see how IMPATIENT I am. That is why we get out of the house as much as possible. I tend to be a little bit more patient, when I am out in public and the kids are not bouncing off the walls in our home. They seem to be much more well behaved outside of the home, which makes me look like a pretty darn good parent. But the 3 of us know better! HA! Last week at the pool, Evan was having a major melt down. Melt downs and Evan don't usually go together. Even though he is such a scheduled little person, he can be pretty flexible when it comes to happenings beyond my control. Usually he can go with the flow after I explain what's going on.
But for some reason, last Thursday, he was crying over EVERYTHING at the pool! I let them stay an extra hour and when it was time to go, he started waling at the top of his lungs! Who is this child? I don't do "waling" very well! Even though I should, considering he never does! I quietly pulled him aside, got down on his level, and informed him that his behavior was unacceptable. I explained that we stayed longer than usual and the lifeguards blew the whistle for rest time, so we couldn't even stay in the pool anyway. This usually works and he understands. But not today, he threw a larger fit than I have seen in a long time!
So what is a sophisticated, patient mom to do?
"Evan, SHUT UP!" I said it quietly and controlled. Or at least I thought I did! When I turned around to leave, the family sitting next to us, all were looking at me!
Yep, I was so one of those classy moms! You know, the ones I enjoy judging! Although, I rarely say that to my kids, that day I was just one of the moms that can't control my kids and yell at them in public!
And within 5 minutes of our truck ride home, Evan was cashed out! So add insult to injury, the kid was exhausted and couldn't control himself. And I couldn't either!