Sometimes I do okay at this parenting thing
F is having a full of beans, bouncing off the walls kind of day. Me - not so much.
So instead of letting the grumpy me out and defaulting to snapping, I explained to him that his energy levels were way up here (demonstrating with one hand up high), and my energy levels were down low (my other hand much lower). And I needed a bit of space so I could bring my energy levels up closer to his, so I wouldn’t be a grumpy mum (showed my lower hand coming up toward meeting the higher hand).
And it seems to have worked! He understands the concept! I’ve still needed to give him a couple of reminders while we’ve been running errands, but he’s been checking in to see where my “energy levels” are at, and asking me to let him know when they’ve come up a bit.
Yay for a parenting win!