After the violent rage Sunday night, my son woke up Monday morning in a good mood and has been going along with the new family plan as if nothing ever happened. He has even gone into timeout a few times without any fight. Looking back, I can see how the excitement of a long Easter day along with too many sweets and a day off his normal routine, add to that a meeting about more changes in the coming week and we have a recipe for disaster. But that’s life right? We can’t always keep everything on schedule, there’s holidays, spring breaks and life in general that gets in the way of perfectly laid plans.
This inevitable truth is disappointing to say the least. It’s the unexpected and the “change in plans” that makes life exciting and as comfortable as routine is, sometimes we have to leave this comfort zone. But for families like mine, this decision may bring unwanted consequences. A spontaneous trip to the movies may bring unwanted behavior later. But can we live any other way?
So as the week moves forward, in the uncharted territory of spring break, I’m carefully tiptoeing through the day. Trying to maintain a predictable routine, but stepping outside the lines every so often so the kids can have some fun, knowing that it may come at a price.
It’s the best that I can do and I’m ok with it.