We all have bad parenting days, bad parenting moments, moments we wish we could take back. Lord knows, I have many.
But just for today, I will make the right choices. Today I am having a birthday party for Sophia, my social butterfly. She has invited 27 of her BFFs. (This is the daughter of a woman who just cut 100 facebook friends and still has 450, clearly.) So, 27 6 year old girls in my tiny living room, eating pizza and ice cream and doing crafts and watching chipmunk videos, in their pajamas and slippers. Giggles and messes and memories. It is exactly what my little angel wants, and I am going to provide it. I will do it at 5:30pm today. I will do it without spending the whole day yelling and loosing my patience. I will buy balloons, and hang streamers and fill the pinata, and set up more chairs than can really fit around the two tables I have. I will make it happen. I will remember that my children don't ask me to be perfect, they just need me to be present and loving and strong.
Just for today, I am going to succeed. Today, I am going to make a memory that she will talk about with her own children in 40 years with pride.
And tomorrow I will clean it all up, and vow to never ever do it again, until next time.
But first, I am going to take a shower.
Have a great day!