Just when it seems like I’m mastering our latest household schedule, a new sport begins and throws our routine into chaos. Add in a couple extra tests plus a big homework project and the stress level in our home can get a little…elevated. The kids were working hard this week to meet the demands of school and sports, but it was blatantly obvious that things were quickly boiling over. While I try to deal with mega meltdowns in a calm and rational manner, I too can be quick to crack under pressure. I had just threatened to take screen time away for a week as well as make them wear their pajamas to school for not getting dressed (Really? Was that the best I could do?), when Cricket approached me and told me to close my eyes. She took my hand and led me to my bedroom door where I was told to begin my scavenger hunt. Throughout the house, she had left little notes guiding me to spots where I found coupons for back rubs, prepared meals and drawn up baths. At the end of the hunt, I opened a box where she had beautifully wrapped up $5 of her own money with instructions to go out and purchase my favorite coffee drink. She knew that I had created a similar game for Rocky just a few weeks ago, and was now doing something nice for me, just when I needed it. She had created a moment for me. Imitation is definitely the best form of flattery and the thrill can linger all day (even if the kids DO end up at school in their pajamas).