Leave it to my friend, Arlene Pellicane, to find a positive example of drama.
I asked the popular author and speaker to be my guest blogger this week and she shares a fun, encouraging story about how resorting to dramatics actually HELPS your family, not hinders it.
Here’s her take on how to be a drama mama — in a good way.
I opened a kitchen cabinet overhead and a bowl crashed to the floor. I screamed loudly – very loudly! You would think a burglar had jumped through our window carrying a gun by the way I reacted.
The kids rushed into the room.
“What happened?” they asked frantically.
“Oh, this bowl fell and it really scared me.”
“Mom, you really shouldn’t scream so much.”
This moment wasn’t about having dramatic kids. It was about being a dramatic mom!
The bowls had been stacked too high and when I opened the cabinet door, one bowl gave in to gravity and fell. It really scared me, but I could certainly see how I totally overreacted.
I needed to dial down the drama.
Sometimes our dramatic outbursts are caused by silly things. Sometimes they are caused by real difficulty. In my book 31 Days to a Happy Husband, I write about Doug, one of my husband’s grad school buddies who spent 13 months in Baghdad as an Army Chaplain. His wife Ally had their three young children to take care of. You can imagine the challenge of parenting alone coupled with being concerned about your deployed spouse.
But she did something dramatic that strengthened – not weakened – their home.