I was all prepared to write about the kids awesome experience donating books to our local library, but that just isn’t going to happen tonight. When we were ready to head over, I found out that the library was closed. We had just missed them by about 15 minutes. Bummer! So, not only did the kids miss out on a trip to the library but I now had to figure out something different to bring you. Changes in plans are no fun for anyone, but how can we go with the flow and still have a good attitude.
Attitude is a hard thing to master or even understand, especially for kids. I remember my Mom telling me to change my attitude a lot when I was a teen. “I’m fine; it’s Mom that has the problem.” were my common thoughts, to Mom telling me to change my attitude. Here I am, years later, with three kids of my own, saying the same thing. I’m sure my kids are thinking just like I did at their age, and I end up thinking, “When did I turn into my mother?”
We couldn’t go to the library, but we could do something else fun! Half the lights on our tree just randomly stopped working this week. I grabbed a spare set and tried those but same thing, they didn’t work. When I was out shopping, I picked up a new set. This time colored, like my kids have wanted for years. I made sure to get ones that have multiple setting for the colors to flash, twinkle, fade, etc. So instead of going to the library, we had fun adding the lights to our tree (for the second time this season) and figuring out which setting that we liked the best.
After going through all sixteen settings, my first reaction was that some just should never have been added. I really think that they could cause seizures. They were flashing so fast and bright I felt dizzy just looking in the direction of the tree. Of course, those were the settings that the kids loved the best. After going through the settings at least ten times, we finally came to a compromise on one that slowly flashes between all the colors.
Were the kids upset that we couldn’t make it to the library? Yes. Did they give me some attitude because of it? Yes, but it was short-lived, since we were able to still have some fun together. Replacing the loss of a fun activity with something else, just as fun, made all the difference. Not just in what we were able to do, but in all our attitudes. That doesn’t mean the library is out. We just had to postpone it till tomorrow. How do you handle dealing with unexpected changes in fun plans with the kids?