How To Make Your Kids Forget You’re Mean

Some days I can be grumpy.

Some days I’m impatient.

Some days I tell my kids to “go play” instead of playing with them.

Some days I’m tired.

Yesterday was one of those days. But I didn’t want them going to bed remembering me as a grumpy, impatient, self absorbed mommy.

So I put them to bed, closed the door, waited 5 minutes and then…

I burst in yelling, “IT’S A PAJAMA RUN!!!!!!! GET IN THE CAR!!!!!!”

We went to Sonic, ate sundaes and my favorite 6 and 8 year old girls hugged me and declared, “This is the BEST day ever!!!

And it was.

Technical Aspects of a Pajama Run

1. Please note that I’ve done this before, so my yelling didn’t terrify my kids. If you do a pj run, (I know you know this, but I’ll say it anyway) be sure to consider your child’s temperament on a freak out scale. We don’t want the night to be the focus of a future therapy session.

2. The magic rule is that if any of the kids ASK for a pj run, we automatically CAN’T do one that night. This eliminates unnecessary begging.

3. Have fun!! Yes, they might have extra sugar, stay up late and have a hard time falling back asleep, but it’s worth it!

Guest Post with More Ideas

If you like the pajama run idea, be sure to check out my guest post on Steady Mom today. It’s called 5 Simple Ways to Create Amazingly Memorable Traditions

Memory Making

What are some of your favorite memory making activities?

This post is part of WFMW.

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