Calm household chaos by reading a book aloud
Allyson's masterful distraction technique:
When things get nuts at my house and I cannot regain control, I sit down on the couch and begin to read a children's book. Within a few pages, all three of my boys stop what then are doing and come sit next to me without me saying a word to them. I am always amazed when this works, and it works every time!
(Our favorite book of the moment thanks to my daughter's Kindergarten teacher: Rafe Martin's The Rough-Face Girl.. The story is so beautiful, and you won't recognize the illustrations as typical David Shannon.)