The Do-Over

Rear view of a loving couple standing with arms around

Once upon a time there was a busy working mom and a snowstorm. She braved the weather to meet with her boss in the morning and attend meetings, all while emails were coming in – “Ding,” “Ding,” “Ding…” It was a tough day – school closed and the kids were too excited to nap. She multitasked – took calls, sent emails, called the driveway plower, worked on a presentation, read emails, wrote emails, bathed the kids, made dinner, read books, sat with child on the nebulizer machine, did dishes, folded laundry, worked more on the presentation, reviewed a budget… until working dad come home….

He greets her with the following: “We’re the only house in the neighborhood that doesn’t have a plowed driveway.”

From here this working mom had four potential responses:

A) Scream at him: “I can’t believe you’re putting this on me! Don’t blame me for the plower not showing up!”
B) Internalize it: say nothing and resent how he doesn’t understand anything
C) Take a passive aggressive approach: “Oh, I didn’t notice”
D) Give him a “Do-Over:” “Honey, I know that’s not how you want to greet me after such a difficult day. This is the part where you give me a loving “Honey, I’m home and lets buy a snow blower!”’

She chose Option D and avoided a ton of drama. Next time you find yourself on the verge, stop yourself and try offering your other half a Do-Over. 

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4 replies

  1. Love this! So many times I come home from work and react badly. A do-over would make things so much better. I’ll be giving hubby lots of these. No need to let work stress ruin the evening 🙂

  2. Such a great idea. So many evenings can be made better with a do over. No need to let work stress affect family time. I’ll be sure to give my hubby lots of these and hope he gives me a few in return!

  3. So true. So many evenings would be made better with a do over. No need to let work stress affect the day. I’ll be giving my hubby a few of these and hope to get some in return!

  4. Glad you enjoyed! Agree sometimes we sometimes need do-overs too!

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