Advice from parents who’ve been there, done that.

How to Make a Comeback When Your Wild Things Are Winning

You know those days when the kids’ noise level has reached a fever pitch, and all you want — with the passion of a parched woman in the desert — is a little peace and quiet? It’s even harder when you’re tired, which is every. single. day. There you are, bringing all the care you can muster to your mess of tiny humans, while silently screaming “Please SHUT UP for the love of God!”

Here are the five comeback strategies that work best when my wild things are winning.