It's one thing to list out your triggers. It's another to actually keep them in check. How did it go?
I realize that you may, in fact, already be the fun one, but in my humble experience, it's often times the moms that are the keepers of order and the dads/partners who are often considered "the fun ones."
Completely unfair, I tell you.
Unfortunately, it's not feasible to always be the fun one, and I do believe that someone needs to take on that role in a co-parenting relationship. The irony is that in being the keeper of order and enforcer of rules, you actually create a space and environment that can then be fun since kids do thrive on that sort of thing.
However, I always try to do something completely spontaneous and "fun" every once in awhile to change things up and to reward my kids for being awesome.
Keep in mind that I wouldn't just drop a fantastic trip to the museum if your kids have been terrorizing you for the last few days. That's not the greatest type of reinforcement. But if you can find a reason to do something fun, then I say do it!
You don't need to spend a lot of money, or even any money - whether it's an ice cream treat after dinner, a trip to the zoo, a fun picnic lunch, you name it, just do something that's FUN. And enjoy it yourself too.
Are you following along as part of the Be a Better Parent challenge? Tell me how it's going!