Why Parents Turn from Jekkyl to Hyde

Why can a parent lose his or her patience within the span of one minute? The same way a child can go from oh-so-sweet to . . . well . . . read and learn, dear friend.

AJ at bedtime, sweet and snuggly as can be: “If I wake up I can’t go back to sleep.”

Me: “Yes you can. If you wake up, just go back to sleep.”

AJ: “No, I can’t go back to sleep, I have to call you.”

Me: “No you don’t!  If you wake up in the night just close your eyes and go back to sleep.”

AJ: “I can’t close my eyes. I can’t. That’s the way God made me.”

Ten seconds later . . .

AJ, putting her finger in my nose: “Smell this!”

Me: “I don’t want to—it stinks.”

AJ: “It was in my butt.”

AJ, sweet and snuggly as can be: “If I wake up I can’t go back to sleep.”

Me: “Yes you can. If you wake up, just go back to sleep.”

AJ: “No, I can’t go back to sleep, I have to call you.”

Me: “No you don’t! If you wake up in the night just close your eyes and go back to sleep.”

AJ: “I can’t close my eyes. I can’t. That’s the way God made me.”

Ten seconds later . . .

AJ, putting her finger in my nose: “Smell this!”

Me: “I don’t want to—it stinks.”

AJ: “It was in my butt.”

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