Instead of losing your marbles when you find your toddler has relocated your breakfast sandwiches into the washing machine, call a mom friend. She might just have her own toddler drama to share, and trust me, you will feel so much better knowing you are not the only one eating out of the washer this morning.
Children are only young once. The insanity that comes with life with young children is short-lived (though it may not seem like it at the time). Before you know it, your children won't be clinging to your ankles when you try to go to the bathroom. In fact, they won't even want to admit they know you. And then it will be you clinging to their ankles as you beg them to tell you what is going on in their angsty tween world.
If you have realistic expectations for the wacky life that comes with small children, you will not find yourself as devastated when you find your little girl has used your department store cosmetics to give the dog a makeover. You might even find it inside yourself to grab your camera, upload those pics to Facebook and give all your friends a good laugh.
As much as you try to find your inner Zen in moments like these, know that it is okay to be frustrated, stressed, and angry sometimes. Remember that the challenges of motherhood help us grow just as much as the brighter moments. Being a family is learning to get through the good times and the bad. And in case you were wondering, feeling like you want to lock your children in the closet is acceptable, just so long as you don't really do it.