Do something with your kids that they LOVE…even if you don’t.
Turn on some music that perks up the grumpy person. If you are grumpy turn on something you love. If the kids are grumpy turn on something they can’t resist or ignore.
Do something for someone else! Talk about who you could do something for and then decide together what you could do.
Do something messy!
Take a bath. You could even let them use some things in the bath that they usually don’t get to (maybe things from your kitchen).
Go for a walk around the block.
If you are overwhelmed by all there is to do start with 2-3 easy things that will get you moving. Or, set a timer and clean for 5 minutes in the area that it will show the most.
Call someone on the phone…unless that always results in meltdowns and fighting over who gets to talk and push buttons…then don’t do that.
Get out stickers.
Open more blinds.
Make a fort and read a book in it.
Plan something fun for the next day so you have something to look forward to.
Give the grump a big love till their needs are met and finish with a tickle to make them smile.
If all else fails sprinkle a bag of marshmallows on the ground and run for a “potty break”.
Hope your house doesn’t need any of these suggestions today!
P.S. I am writing this post for myself
How many of these things did we do today? NINE