The younger the child, the less predictable the day and the less control you feel you have. Sometimes I am as calm as can be parenting in the style that I had always imagined. The next moment I am threating and screaming and losing my mind. A preschooler can really push your buttons. If you don't know what I mean then you don't have one yet. I often come to the brink of why me, why are they doing this and then I remember all the parents that have children with special needs. How exhausting can their day be?
Life with kids reminds me a little bit of the one of my favorite rides the Tilt A Whirl. You are riding tickling your tummy laughing and in a minute you are jerked the other direction and feel sore and battered. In the end you get back on because inevitably it is worth the strained neck for the joy of the ride.