It’s been a long day. My amazing Mom was even here but its been a long day. #1 has had attitude for days and feels the need to argue with me about everything. #3 has been whining for treats all day. #2 has a scratch that isn’t even bleeding but insists on needing multiple band-aids. Keep in mind they went to the park today and had ice cream so really I don’t know what they have to complain about. After my Mom left I made homemade pizza. What a jerk huh? I put the baby to bed and when I got back downstairs #1 and #2 were arguing about who knocked over #1’s empty plate. I intervened and when #1 didn’t like my ruling on who should pick up the plate I got a whole lot of attitude. That was it. I was done. I let the kids finish eating and sent them to bed. My hubby Face Timed at 6:30 pm and then I tucked them in and sat on the couch eating homemade pizza and watching TV. I even sneaked an ice cream treat without them noticing. My mood has greatly increased. Sometimes we need that and its a great little break for 10 minutes until someone needs something. They ALWAYS need something. Especially that baby, so needy ha ha. The only problem is that I want to go to bed and I can hear #3 still awake upstairs. I’m typing this hoping to look busy enough that she will give up and go to bed without me needing to help her with that process. Other nights I might be willing. But today, I am done. I’ve checked out as the Mary Poppins parent ha ha I can’t even type that without laughing because I don’t think anyone would describe me as Mary Poppins. I’ve checked out and can only be reached for emergencies. I know you have been there. I’ve always said that I stop parenting at 8 pm. It’s now 9:04. I’m going to look as busy as I can and maybe they will go away. We will all feel better tomorrow. That’s okay. Cut yourself some slack. Take a break. If they are safe, hide in the bathroom or laundry room for a minute. Go to your hidden snacking spot. It’s not always going to be like this. I’m sure everyone, myself included, will wake up in a much better mood, ready to try again.