I don't know if it was the freshly fallen snow or what but tonight went much smoother. I cooked dinner with Calvin in the kitchen to minimal screaming / crying. The four of us ate dinner together. Very little landed on the floor. We all played in the basement. Bathtime was smooth. Now Calvin is going to sleep and we are getting ready for Uno. Yeah.
Last night was a reminder that parenting is a big lesson in patience. A lesson that sometimes I don't learn very well. I adore my kids and it is not my kids that drive me nuts. It's my loss of patience that disappointments me the most. It's a daily lesson that I am constantly working on.