“Mean Soup” by Betsy Everitt

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Horace had a bad day. He blanked out during a test, got an embarrassing love note, had to drive home with crazy Ms. Pearl.  He felt so mean. His mother tried to start a conversation but he only wanted to growl back. Clever mother had a clever idea. She suggested making a soup. The recipe required a pot of water and salt, like any regular soup.  But when mother and Horace started adding screaming and growling into the pot, as well as twenty stuck-out tongues and Horace’s dragon breath,  there was no doubt they were cooking something more than an ordinary soup.  It was called “Mean Soup”. A few spoon bangs on the pot and Horace began to smile. The recipe was working. It was a perfect way of “stirring away a bad day”.

What a genius story! What a perfect recipe for averting a disaster!  What a fantastic parenting tool! As a mom two boys, I can tell you that at the age of 7 and 3 your lives can be filled with a lot of drama and misery. Your homework might not get showcased or you might miss a 3 pointer basketball.  You will have to take a nap at preschool even though you’d like to play instead. Loudly. Or there might be green beans for lunch and you don’t eat green food so you are hungry and angry. Bad mood can be infectious. One person’s tantrum can easily ruin the day for the whole family. But maybe it doesn’t have to. Maybe cooking a “Mean Soup” together can save the day? I’m ready to try it. How about you?