I've decided to have a theme for Monday's. Partly because Monday is a difficult day for me, but also because it's a good way to start the week. I am going to work my way through the alphabet with something that applies to mothering that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
A is for attitude.
Over and over I've noticed that my attitude sets the theme for our home.
When I am positive and upbeat my children are too.
When I am grouchy and tired they snap at each other and grumble their way through the day.
I realize that not every day is a good day, and plastering a smile on your face like a clown will not automatically make things better. However, when I feel myself spiraling into a "funk" I try to slip away from the situation and give myself this pep talk.
" I am the only one who can change my bad attitude--blaming it on someone or something else doesn't help--choosing to be happy in spite of my circumstances DOES!"