From my favorite spot to sit in my house, there is a window that faces my neighbor’s side door entrance – the main door that they use for coming and going.
And I notice whenever my neighbor comes out on her steps, even to just check the temperature, pick up the newspaper, look down the street, she reaches for her handy broom, always kept within reach – and sweeps the landing and the steps.
This fascinates me – because it happens so frequently – summer, winter, spring or fall.
No seed, leaf, grass, dirt, or flake of snow has any hope of hanging out on her cement steps.
And, as usual, my mind turns to parenting, and families, and young children.
It makes me consider how often small things happen throughout our days for our children, for ourselves – how they gather on our personal “steps”, yet, aren’t tended to – things like not enough sleep, a missed breakfast, an itchy shirt, a rushed morning, a cross word – and Bingo! – a melt-down.
When emotions pile up in our family lives, we are often faced with handling our child’s temper tantrums and, perhaps, controlling our own. So often, because of time factors , fatigue, and fear of setting off a tantrum, we find ourselves walking on “egg shells” to avoid one.
And the more emotions pile up – or go unnoticed – the better chance a storm is brewing.
If you find this sort of thing happening in your family, register now for the temper tantrum discussion group “Walking on Egg Shells, Thursday, May 9th, 9:30 AM – !!:00 AM at The Parenting Place in La Crosse. Registration is required; free childcare available upon request. Call us at 784-8125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.