Sam was a little grouchy last night. It was bedtime and I had dragged my 4 kiddos to a meeting with me. Luckily, it was at the preschool and they had plenty of ways to entertain themselves. When we got home he was still a mess so while I was changing his diaper I told him he was a grouch. He looked at me and said, "I'm taking a break, Mom." I asked him what he was taking a break from. And he said, "from being angry." Awesome. Then he began to raise his arms so I could tickle him and make him giggle. The boy is so much fun! And you know what? When the break was over, he didn't remember he was once angry.
Then I started to wonder why we don't all just "take a break" when we're angry. I could see in the middle of an argument between two adults that one of them suddenly declares a break for tickles or other silly fun. I'm pretty sure when the break was over, they wouldn't still be upset. Pretty good lesson from a 2 year-old!