Just when I think I've made some progress with the kids, and things seem to be going so amazingly smooth, BLAM! Somewhere the switch in my son's brain snaps and unfortunately, I don't have the access code to shut it off!
I can see it coming, its like a small trickle of water seeping through the dam, and then the water starts to flow slightly more; due to the fact that I am not an engineer, I am unable to fix the crack and quickly, this crack ruptures and the dam is unable to hold back the force of the water, and it all comes rushing out in waves.
The cause of this collapse is usually traceable to fatigue, exhaustion and stress. I can see it in their eyes, their expressions, their snappy responses, and their overall body language. Unfortunately, the only way to prevent this melt-down is to either allow them to fall asleep (not going to happen as I DO NOT want a child wide awake at 10pm) or to give into each and every demand of my children, again NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
It's so frustrating watching the dam explode, as there is absolutely nothing I can do but stand back and let the flood waters subside. I have tried to hold back the waters with hugs, kisses, jokes, but nothing can hold back the force. I can simply sit and wait for the water to become a trickle, and then, the emergency response can sweep in and start to clean up the mess and start all over again.
All we can do is cope and continue to hope that by remaining calm in the face of adversity, our children too will learn to remain calm when things don't go exactly as we hoped.