Did you watch Sesame Street before Elmo took over? Then you might remember the Amazing Mumford the magician and his peanut butter sandwiches, and may have understood my punny blog post title. If not, now you do.
Imagine my surprise (or lack thereof, I suppose, if I'm honest) when I heard a woman snapping at a child to be quiet this morning at the flea market, and I looked up and saw the same pair. The toddler who had been through the thrift store the morning before, was now being walked through rows of dusty wooden Pepsi crates and yellowing doilies at the flea market. And if she dared to make a sound or balk in any way, she was scolded.
All this to say - just try some magic. I know you're tired, and you want to possibly uproot your hair, and you just need to get these errands done, or you just want a moment to yourself. But before you resort to snapping out threats or growling a punishment at your child... take a breath, stoop down, give them some REAL attention, and make it a game. Find something pretty to marvel over. Make airplane or monster truck noises with the cart. Shake the red peppers you're washing like maracas. Be your own little Mary Poppins. I guarantee you, you will both come away from the experience feeling worlds better than if you had skipped over that time you could make your own magic, and acted on your frustration instead.