When we have a long weekend, I find that little ones can be extra cranky on Mondays. (It helps to have more patience when you remember this, too! )
Today at 5 pm my 5 year old was melting down. He was crying and fussing about I don't recall what. It wasn't time for dinner yet and he had had a snack a bit earlier, so I didn't think he was hungry. (A good protein snack is really helpful for hungry and cranky little ones, just as an aside.)
Anyway it was too early to put him to bed and besides, he would need dinner.
So, I gave him a bath. I put about a half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of Epsom salt in the tub and added some bubble bath. (Nutribiotic makes one that is good. Regular bubble bath can cause UTI's.)
He soaked and played for a good half and hour and forgot about his troubles. I dried him off and dressed him and he was good to go until dinner and long after. I forgot about his earlier grumpies until I was telling my husband about the day.
A baking soda, epsom salt bubble bath would probably help a cranky adult, too. :)
~Mama to Many~
P.S. Do not leave small children unattended in the tub!