Sometimes you get the vibe first thing in the morning. Your kid wakes up in a foul mood and you think, “Well, this should be a fun day.” Or they’re grumbling the moment you pick them up from school, quashing that excitement you felt about seeing them after a long day.
It can be feel downright impossible to pull a kid out of a bad mood once it sets it, and the result can be contagious. Before you know it, you’re all snapping at each other over homework and dinner-prep.
One father decided he wasn’t going to let his son’s bad mood win. When his wife texted him a warning as she and their son approached home (“We’re coming in hot! Alex had a rough day.”), he set up a cure.
He started by hanging up a couple of signs in the entryway of the home for his son to see as he arrived:
“Did you have a x!*$ day? Come this way.”
“Warning! Hugs ahead.”
“You are entering Bad Days Be-Gone, Inc. Spells cast. Complaints heard.”
Then, it was time to cast a spell to expel the bad day. Dad of the Year made this part up on the fly:
I made Alex run around and get a glass of water, a pen and two pieces of paper. I asked him to draw the moon (with as much realistic detail as possible) on one piece of paper and tape it on the wall. On the other piece, I made him write as many bad words (including swears!) as he could while I timed him, then crumple it up and put it in the glass of water. While the paper disintegrated, he had to tell me what had gone wrong that day. He told me about a misunderstanding with his teacher, and then I made him spin around five times while listening to Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Ocean.’
The combination of the spell’s silliness and all that positive parental attention was enough to turn Alex’s bad day into good.