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Over. The. Cough.
The holiday season is upon us and Meghan and I seemed to be clinging onto our figurative sanities recently. Marshall and Adelaide have both been going back and forth with colds and an awful cough. You know the one, right? The cough that makes it sound like their chests are about to burst through their throats at any given moment. Well, in our cases, when our kids do have a bad cough, it sometimes ends up with vomit. Details aside, it’s safe to say that we’ve reached somewhat of a breaking point recently where each cough seemed to cause a head tilt and eye twitch in both of us. Clearly, the kids can’t help it. Does it make it any easier? Not a single bit.
Inspired from a Date Night Out
Gingerbread House Fun
So, I’m sharing a little bit about our date night, because it definitely helps us to be better parents. On our date night, we thought, “Let’s let them build their own gingerbread houses.” We knew it was going to be messy. We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect. But, we also want to make sure our kids can be kids and just have fun. So, before picking the kids up, we made a stop to pick up a couple of gingerbread house supplies. Those supplies look something like this: graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, gum drops, gummy bears, and two kinds of M&Ms. They were so excited when we told them. We made sure to let them know ahead of time, “It’s okay if it doesn’t work. It’s okay if they don’t stay standing. Just have fun.”
We prefaced this to help alleviate any tension, if and when the cookie crumbles. Well, there were a couple of tears. But, the four of us working together on a fun project led to plenty of smiles on their faces. And that’s the whole point! Meghan and I want to be amazing parents – and it’s a hard thing to accomplish. We feel beaten down when they get sick. We feel guilty when we have to enforce rules. It’s not easy. What’s easily the best thing is being able to make our kids smile and laugh. When Meghan and I go on a date, it makes it easier to think of these fun projects. Yes, “tis the season,” but as a parent, not everything is crystal clear – even during the holidays.
Sharing Our Gingerbread House Pictures
So, if you can, take a step back and find time to decompress. It immediately led to a fun family activity. And, there’s not much else to say about it, except to show pictures of our “gingerbread houses.” Oh, and get Disney+. That stuff is awesome.