Some days flow beautifully. Kids are engaged and playful. Meals are healthy and delicious and there are clean, matching socks to be found for everyone.
Most days have some bumps and stutters that can be worked through with a minimum of upheaval and overwhelm, and an abundance of humor and (sometimes) grace. Some days only one child at a time needs intense attention and comforting and there are enough Mama-arms to go around.
Watch out chickens!
Not all challenges can be successfully met with silliness, but they can all be bettered by an attitude of respect toward our children.
Some days a young, naked witch can be convinced to put on a warm Muggle disguise when it's about 0 degrees outside and it's time to get in the car. The right amount of gentle humor can go along way towards peace and connection. Putting the parental foot down might get a reluctant young one dressed, but at what loss of joy? It might not always go well, but the challenging moments can be met with calmness and creativity and can show our children what cooperation looks like, what respect feels like, and can turn a challenge of a day into a way of strengthening our relationships.