Children See


I was driving the other day and a guy (illegally) cut me off on the freeway on ramp. I yelled at him. He cussed me out and flipped me off. I did the same, and yelled more. And cussed more.

Then I remembered this video that I had seen on Dave Hingsburger’s facebook wall and was instantly ashamed because the kids were in the van.

So I got off the freeway, pulled over, stopped the engine. I turned around to the kids and said, “I’m sorry, I was wrong. Mommy should not have yelled and cussed that guy out, even if he made Mommy angry, even if what HE did was really wrong, Mommy shouldn’t have done it. Mommy is still learning how to let it slide, how to keep COOL when her blood is BOILING!”

And Micah, well, you know Micah. He said, “Mommy, here’s what you do. Sing this song when you get mad. It goes like this:

When you get so mad, you want to ROAR, just take a deep breath and count to FOUR!

ONE…. TWo….. THreeee…. four (- his voice got softer with the numbers)

***total heartpang***


Here is the video.


About Micah’s song – I figured out it’s from Daniel Tiger – check it out here – episode 104 (available on Neflix insta-view)



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  • When my son was about 3 1/2 we were in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. He was playing with one of those great bead-on-wire maze things on the floor with another child. They were moving clumps of beads around pretending they were cars. The two little boys moved their “cars” so that they collided head on–they just stared at one another until finally my son says, in the dead silence of the waiting room, “Outta the way, Asshole.” What can you do?

  • Oh, Micah, you are fantastic. Honestly, after I watched that Daniel Tiger episode with Owen awhile back, I started thinking about it every time I got mad and I would sing the song to myself. When I sing it to Owen, he actually settles down if he’s mad or having a fit. It SO works!

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