It is so easy to freak out, stress out, go crazy, and absolutely lose your mind when that baby or toddler screams. As a side note, a screaming baby is nothing compared to a screaming toddler because 99.9% of the time a toddler’s scream means there’s a full-blown tantrum going on and there’s nothing more real than a tantrum. So when the toddler screams, when dinner burns, when grandma calls and wants to talk for four hours about what to bring to church potluck, and hubby walks in the house super exhausted from a long day, choose to smile. Because did you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile and one smile can change someone’s day. So the next time you are tempted to throw the towel, lock yourself in your bedroom closet, and hide from the toddler who is so little but often has so much attitude and control, take a deep breath and smile a big mommy smile.
Mama, you are the joy your family needs to stay alive and well today, tomorrow, and every day. A happy mama is a happy family.
I love that you say “choose to smile”. It is a choice and we can choose to be grateful for what we have. There are many out there who wish they had a screaming toddler or tired hubby.
So true, Amy! I once read an article on why to be thankful for messes and it’s because there are beautiful people in our lives who create these messes <3
This is a good reminder to smile! I love how you mention that it takes more effort to frown than smile. I will try to remember this the next time my toddler is screaming. 😀
Agreed. It is difficult though-lol. Just today my toddler threw a fit and I wanted to give up too but I tried to smile through it. Parenting is tough! 😉
A good reminder!😀
Thanks for stopping by, Jenny! 🙂