On Erasing the Worst Five Minutes of Each Day

December 11, 2014 11:24 PM

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A few weeks ago, on a foggy and moist California morning, I dropped off my daughter at school just like I do on many days. There was nothing unusual about this morning, until this happened: I walked by two moms talking to each other, while a toddler pulled on one of her yoga pants' legs with a mix of impatience and dependency, that was beginning to fray her nerves. I would like to say that I "overheard" the following, but the truth is that it felt more as if the words had been placed into the ether for me to grab them, hug them, explore them and massage them.

"If I could erase FIVE minutes of each day every day, then I would be a perfect parent," one mom said to the other, while the other smiled in agreement, relating, as most of us do, to that final moment when all patience reserves have been exhausted and we snap at our children in an aggressive, but d...

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