Today, Noah and I played hookie. The day was just gorgeous beyond belief, especially in contrast to yesterday which was cold and dreary. Seriously, it felt like November or something. Today, on the other hand, there was not a cloud in the sky, it was comfortably cool, but not cold, the sun was shining, and all was right.
I had been planning on going to a TRX class at the Y, but I looked at Noah and decided we just needed a day off. We jumped in the car and went to visit one of my favorite people, Miss Sarah. After a nice chat and a cup of tea with her, we headed to the beautiful village of Skaneateles for a latte (for me) and a donut (for him...and maybe a couple of bites for me).
After being fortified with caffeine and sugar we did a little window shopping before we headed home. While we were out and about I had a very clear realization - when I am out in public I parent very well, not so much when I am at home. I'm much more likely to yell and lose my temper when I am at home. I am much less rational and much less patient when I am at home. It is really kind of embarrassing actually, but it's sort of like being held accountable for your parenting choices. When people are watching, I am much more likely to make the best choice.
So, in an effort to be a better mommy, I am going to parent my children as if I am in public all the time. I'm hoping this will lead to a happier and more peaceful home, but really I would just be satisfied with less yelling and more laughing.