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  1. TheQueen
    Nov 20 - 6:10 am

    Oh, it’s nights like this that remind us we want to get out of bed and do it all over again the next morning. Yay for small miracles!
    (And glad to see I’m not the only one whose witching hours are 5-8 pm.) :)

  2. Jennifer, Snapshot
    Nov 20 - 6:40 am

    Doesn’t it feel SO good to have a small success?? Even if it’s just one.

    I also get frustrated, but good for you for recognizing it and doing everything right — and reaping immediate rewards!!

  3. Susie's Homemade
    Nov 20 - 8:45 am

    Isn’t it great when you have peaceful time?

  4. Jessica Harwood
    Nov 20 - 10:01 am

    Oh my. Something to look forward to when I have children! I know dinner/bedtime at my house growing up was always when my mom would get the most frustrated. That’s probably why!
    {and yes, your feed was working for me}

  5. Tarasview
    Nov 20 - 11:43 am

    it is vital to celebrate nights like that!! :)

  6. Priscilla-wheelchair Mommy
    Nov 20 - 11:55 am

    That sounds awesome. Redirection works…just remembering to use it……

  7. Mommy Taylor
    Nov 20 - 2:54 pm

    I love nights like that… where everything goes smoothly. :)

  8. Shannon
    Nov 20 - 4:50 pm

    I know EXACTLY what you mean. When I manage to hold in my frustration and just offer empathy and understanding while making sure he eats and gets ready for bed… even the little hints at displeasure are quickly banished when he sees I understand. Now, if only I could do that all the time!

  9. Mrs. Marine
    Nov 20 - 7:54 pm

    Can you teach me how to do that?

  10. Jendi
    Nov 20 - 8:04 pm

    Good for you!
    A night to remember.

  11. Cascia
    Nov 21 - 4:57 pm

    Great job Mom! Doesn’t that feel good when your kids behave and cooperate?

  12. Jessica
    Nov 21 - 9:13 pm

    :) Yay!! That sounds like a great evening!

    Have the calm evenings continued?

    Have you seen the Muffin Tin (Monday?!) that Her Cup Overflowth does? I haven’t participated in it yet, but basically you make a “themed” meal in a muffin tin once a week – it looks super cute and fun and I was just wondering if Sophia might find that fun.

    I routinely feed my boys out of muffin tins and other tiny containers and they like that. :)

  13. Annie
    Nov 21 - 9:47 pm

    Yay! I also find that the more patient I am, the better things go. But it is hard, especially when you are on your own with two kids (or more!) and trying to get things done at the same time.

    I’m going to have to look into those yoga DVDs. I’ve been looking for a local mom and kids yoga class, but haven’t found one that is convenient for us.

  14. Kattia
    Nov 21 - 11:23 pm

    Even the smallest miracles bring the biggest joys. one night will turn to 2 and eventually the shock will come when there is a meltdown.


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  16. Lauren
    Nov 22 - 12:55 am

    Can you come figure out tonight’s bedtime for me? :D

    I love following your kids’ lead and also gently channeling them into happy activities. It’s lovely when it all just flows.

  17. Stephanie
    Nov 24 - 9:36 pm

    I love those candid shots…and this authentic post!

    I have to admit – I had kind of an “off” day today. I was less patient than I normally am and I hate it when I’m like that. I’m convinced that my children echo back the way I am feeling. The more happy, content, gentle, and interactive I am, the more behaved and joyful they are. Each and every day I remind myself of that – and I pray for the strength to be the mom that my girls need.

  18. Lynette
    Dec 03 - 11:41 am

    It’s so wonderful when an evening works out peacefully like that. When my kids were that age, we’d try to go for a “no crying day.” Amazing how hard that was! It took years before we actually got there!
    Here’s hoping for many more evenings like that in the holiday season.

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