Me: Boys, why was Mommy angry this morning?
Tuck: Because we weren't kind to our house.
Me: That's right. You dumped out all your toys, you moved Daddy's chair, and you were standing on the shelf ready to jump into my chair. And that made me angry.
Tyler: Look, Mommy. I see sunshine. I think it belongs to you.
Tuck: Tyler, it's Mommy's turn. Mommy, go ahead and talk. I'm listening.
Me: I would like for you to be kind to me, to each other, to your toys, and to our house. Will you do that?
Tuck: I sure will, Mommy.
Tyler: I'll give you a kiss. So you won't be angry.
Me: I would like that, when we're finished in the car. Thank you for being kind. Let's have a good day today.
Tyler: Look. I'm Mary. (He has a sweatshirt hoodie dangling from his head, which reminds him of the Virgin Mary's head covering, apparently.)
Tucker: I'm going to be kind.
Tyler: Mommy, I don't like that story about the ChickaWiseMints.
Me: What story?
Tyler: You know. The mean king, and he ChickaWiseMints.
Tyler: They go to find baby Jesus, and the mean king tricks them.
(Aha! King Herod!)
Me: The mean king who tried to trick the wise men?
Tyler: Yes. I don't like him. And also, turtles don't like carrots. Only bunnies do.
Me: Okay. Good to know.
Tucker: Mommy, do dogs like beans?
Me: I don't think so.
Tucker: Yes, they do.
Me: Okay, then. They do.
Tyler: I think it's a good day. I really think it is. A good day.
Well, it was a rough start. But I think we're getting somewhere.
These conversations can turn my world around.