31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 27, The Witching Hour

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Some evenings, I'm surprised that my husband continues his brave walk in the door. He is often greeted by fighting children and an exhausted/exasperated wife. Something happens at five o'clock that makes everyone go crazy. If I knew what it was, I'd tell you. It is a mystery called The Witching Hour.

It doesn't strike every day, but when it does - watch out. On those days, I forget to ask, "How was your day?" I can't get over mine long enough to think about that. My husband, bless his heart, always asks me, "How was your day?" Sometimes he regrets it, I'm sure, as I often use it as an opportunity to start listing The Witching Hour offenses. 

I try not to do that. I try to respond with a June Cleaver smile, but that's not me. Pretending it is just makes it worse. What's helped, though, is admitting my non-domestic-goddessness to my husband and telling him, "I'm sorry. Thank you for asking me about my day, back there. It really wasn't all that bad. It was just a bad moment. Now that the kids are in bed - How was your day?"

It's amazing how that works.

Does your spouse ever walk into a scary/it's-the-witching-hour house? How do you handle it?

(For some great tips on avoiding the witching hour, 
check out Bring Peace to the Witching Hour from Simple Mom.)

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  1. I would say more often than not, my husband walks into a scary house! Someone is crying (thankfully it's usually not me...although I've felt like it many times!) I am finally to the point that I can just laugh when he walks in, it actually breaks the tension a little bit. I hate it that he mostly only sees the yelling/tired/grumpy kids but at 4 and 15 months, we are right in the thick of it! It actually makes me feel better to know that other moms go through this too.