Magical Moments

At times, I fall into the trap.  I start to plan adventures in my mind.  I try to coordinate all of the little day trips that we rarely get to take because my husband isn’t known for taking days off.

 

I think in terms of family days…

 

We should get to the zoo before it gets too hot…

 

We should see the new penguins at the Aquarium…the day the exhibit opens…

 

We should get to the car museum, the art museum, the dinosaur exhibit, and the butterfly pavilion….

 

We get motivated early, pack our lunches, and head out the door before most people have finished their morning coffee.

 

We intend to make the most of this precious family day.

 

And, for the most part, we do.  Until the meltdowns start.  Because baby boy is only 3, and really needs his nap.  And big girl has zillions of allergies and can’t eat out much…butreally wants that grilled cheese at the museum café.

 

And so we quietly make our exit, discussing the amazing and interesting things we saw.  We play games along the way home to keep everyone awake and engaged (because a ten minute car nap is never, ever enough)…

 

Name that truck…

 

How many trees can you count?…

 

Let’s find cars for each color of the rainbow (purple stumps us, every time)…

 

At last we arrive home, have some rest time, and regroup.

 

And then we decide to just play in the backyard for the afternoon.  We had a busy morning…we would rather just stick close to home….

 

Please stop by Mommy Moment to see where we find the magic in family time.

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)