Stretching the Grumpies Away

Posted by Cindy

August 15, 2007 | 6 Comments

Mornings are not a happy time around here. Neither boy wakes up in a good mood, a trait they have gotten from their mother. We’re a grumpy lot, the three of us. I used to just accept it, that we would be three grumpy bears each and every morning. Sure, there were a few times I would try to change it. Getting up early for some meditation, adding extra protein to our breakfast, starting the morning with a song, whatever advice i could find that week about how to make a happy morning. Nothing helped.

Works For Me Wednesday One morning though, I did stumble upon something that lifted our grumbly moods. It was by complete accident, and a bit of lazyness. It was one of the morning where no one wanted to be up, so we were moping on the couch watching the boob tube. Yes, we were watching the evil talking picture box. Anyway, some silly clown show came on PBS and the boys were engrossed. Coincidentally the girl clown was feeling grumpy too, complaining about everything and frowning. Her doll suggested she go take a stretch and after she did she felt happy and full of joy. So I thought “It couldn’t hurt”, flipped off the TV, and began stretching. Soon we were all trees, then rocks, then cats, then cows, and the giggling was flowing. After a good stretch we were all in a better mood and ready to tackle the day.

I won’t lie and say stretching cured it all. We still wake up growling and generaly stay that way until we’re awake enough to get in position. But once we start stretching out muscles everyone gets into a magically happy mood. No matter the weather, the time of day, or whether we’re still in our pajamas a good stretch is enough to make me and my boys happy happy happy.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Rhen on August 15, 2007 8:21 am

    I LOVE to stretch but I never thought about it waking me (or any one of my tribe) up and getting us ready for the day. I will be trying this in the morning! Thanks.

  2. WhatWorksForMom on August 15, 2007 11:19 am

    That’s a really cute story (and cool blog BTW)!

  3. Jamie on August 15, 2007 5:48 pm

    I know that clown show 🙂 I think it is “The Big Comfy Couch”–it is silly but my kids sure did love it when they were little–there are some good ideas on that show! Definitely better than some other choices out there. Thanks for the tip!!

  4. Jason on August 15, 2007 10:25 pm

    You’ve got a nice blog going here. I am the father of three boys, so I can certainly relate to your situation. I will have to point my wife to your blog because I think she will enjoy it too.

  5. Laane on August 17, 2007 2:47 am

    I’m going to advice one of the boys…NOW!

  6. Sara on August 18, 2007 11:44 pm

    Very cool idea!

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