As in, one of those days. You know what I'm talking about? The kind of day, when you as a mom, feel like the old woman who lives in the shoe made famous in the nursery rhymes.
Everyone is tired... including mom
Everyone is loud... when mom wants quiet (but I do occasionally add to the loud when find myself yelling at them out of frustration.)
Everyone is fragile... nicely playing one moment and screaming bloody murder because of some point of injustice the next
Everyone needs a nap... but few will admit to it
So today is very close to become a divide and conquer day... the only technique that keeps me sane on days like today. I will isolate everyone in their own corner. One will draw at the table, a couple of them will be assigned to play in their room, one may watch a movie by themselves in the living room... everyone will have their own area - they can't really yell at themselves (geesh, I hope they won't anyway...) and in the process of isolating them I will gladly isolate myself a bit as well.
Should work, if they cooperate. If they don't? Well, I can't be held responsible for anything that might happen as a result.