Tom: How was amelia this morning?
Andrea: calm. apologized for yelling last night
Andrea: I want to have a calm discussion of all the begging we’ve had lately
Andrea: but it needs to be when no one’s already mad about something else

For the record, this does not seem likely to happen anytime very soon; it feels like at least one of the kids is pretty much irate or sobbing nearly all the time these days. Either that, or one of the adults is snappish and short-tempered.  Parenting a 6.5y and a 3.5y is kicking my ass lately. I don’t know how parents with more than two kids even deal; I’d be She-Hulk or Judge Judy all day long.