Use your words.
This is what I encourage my four-year-old to do before she starts whining about things she’s frustrated about or needs that aren’t being met. We like to assume that the people we live with or are around every other day somehow magically know what we expect, particularly if they share our DNA. The truth is we are all walking around with our own stresses and to-do lists and it can be easy to miss the mark when it comes to knowing what the moms in our lives want and need. Sometimes the best way to make sure you get what you want is to outright ask for it. Even if your plan is only to sleep in or you need a child-free day watching the ID channel uninterrupted, getting the day you want may require demanding it.