So the other day my kids were both grumpy and complaining, which made me grumpy, too.
Frustrated about their behavior, I pulled out my journal to write some poetry. Instead I started writing down every complaint they spouted off. I was going to read it to them to show them how irritating they sounded.
Slowly, the scowling faces turned to smiles and then to laughter. I had two pages of ridiculous remarks and had succeeded in shifting their moods (and mine too).
Here’s a sampling (written out of order):
Mom Mom Mom Moooommmm
Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom
Mom, can we switch blankets?
This blanket is itchy.
Can we please walk to a place? A food place.
I’m starving. I’m going to die.
Dude, can you sit down?
It got all quiet when my air got skinny.
Look, Dad, balloons.
Don’t, don’t, because those aren’t balloons.
They’re vinyl balls.
Okay, I took out the most offensive remarks. Because I want you to walk away laughing, not scowling.
On another note, check out the talented Khara House's "Poetry Form Challenge" during the months of July and August! Because . . . as a parent, I can attest . . . structure is a good thing!