We all have them — those moments when bad attitudes rear their ugly heads during school time. Last week I shared my top ten ways to handle a bad homeschool day, but after one day last week, I have another one to add to the list: humor.
Now this one may be more for the bad homeschool “moment” rather than one of those really lousy days, but on this particular afternoon, Megan was pitching a royal fit about about doing her reading instruction. I’m sure you know nothing about the royal fits that kids can pitch, so let me just tell you, it was ugly. In the midst of all this, as I was beginning to lose my cool, Megan screamed, “I hate this book! This book stinks!”
It just struck me as funny. So, on impulse, I leaned down, pressed my nose to the book and sniffed really loudly before declaring, “It smells fine to me.”
There was a brief moment where Megan couldn’t decide if that was funny or if it just made her more angry than she was already. Then, she gave it up and slipped off on the funny side. We both got a good laugh out of it before she continued her reading lesson with a much improved attitude.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you just went completely the opposite direction from what your kid expected and wound up defusing a situation that could have been blown all out of proportion? It’s kind of humbling when it happens and you realize that there were probably dozens of times when it unnecessarily went the other way.