You know your 6-year-old is tired when she cries real tears when she can't find her homework. From the bubble bath, you use your magic Mommy senses and ask her if she put it in her backpack.
She returns with a smile on her face, sure enough it was just where you thought it would be. From her naked perch on the toilet, the 6-year-old starts asking questions about cavities and then begins sobbing hysterically. It's not bad memories of dentist visits getting her own cavities filled. It's not the lost-and-found homework. And the little sister wasn't even in the same room.
She's crying but she doesn't know why.
When your husband appears to see what's going on, just looking at the 6-year-old turns her tears into giggles. (That's the Daddy magic, Mommy might have a sixth sense about where things are, but Daddy can turn tears into laughs with just one look!)
Lay-down time might be 45 minutes away, but it's bed time, trust me.
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