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Happy Friday, all! Since it’s the middle of summer and the end of a long, hot week for many around the country, we thought we’d revisit this post Sarah wrote last year. Have a wonderful weekend! – Meagan & Sarah

my kids are driving me crazy
Here in Arizona, we’re on spring break. Only one of my three kids goes to school, and she only goes three days a week, so it’s just an incremental change in our daily life and routine. But it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like there are more children around, louder noises filling the room, less to do to pass the days at home, and an inexplicably exponential increase in small plastic toys under my feet.

And I’m going to be honest: I’ve found myself thinking, “These kids are driving me crazy!”

I don’t like feeling that way – annoyed by my own kids. So in an effort to give myself a bit of an attitude adjustment, I’ve been reflecting on ways to break the cycle of annoyance and get back to enjoying my days as a mom of little ones.

Here are seven strategies that help me when I’m feeling irritable – and I’d love for you to share some of yours in the comments below. [click to continue…]

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by Sarah Powers July 21, 2014
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