Mom Pulls a Gun on Another Mom at School Drop-Off

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There's no question the drop-off zone outside an elementary school is one of the most high-stress areas on planet Earth. Everywhere you turn are frazzled parents who just spent an hour or so arguing with a pint-sized tyrant about why they have to wear pants. So maybe it's no surprise that drop-off at one Texas elementary school ended with one mom pulling a gun on another last week.

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Cops were reportedly called to the Deer Park Elementary School in Deer Park, Texas, last week when one mom started screaming at another about her driving, and the other pulled out her pistol. 
 
No one was hurt, and no one was arrested. 
 
But if there's ever a "wake up and remember we're all in this together" moment for you, maybe it's one mom pulling a gun on another mom in front of their kids ... in front of an elementary school?
 
 
Our kids listen when we don't want them to. You know they do. It's why your child's known since age 3 that spilling coffee down your leg will result in a certain f-word. It's also why we need to act like we're grown folks around other grown folks.
 
And before you go all out on judging this mom, as tempting as it might be, remember something else: Mornings are capital "s" Stressful. 
 
You can be an early bird and have well-behaved little tots who leap out of bed with the birdies. You can be the most organized mama on the planet. But at some point, things are going to go haywire. Your 7-year-old is going to suddenly remember that he was supposed to read chapter three of the Magic Tree House book last night and melt down with impending doom over a "homework not completed" warning just as you walk out the door. A power outage will turn off your automatic coffee maker, rendering you voluntarily caffeine-free for the morning. Your kindergartner will mysteriously misplace her left shoe. And so on. 
 
When it all happens, and you're up to your ears in stress, allow this mantra to run through your mind a few dozen times: This is how mornings work in households all across America. If you're having a rough time, you're not alone.
 
So while you need a little break, so does that other mom -- yes, even the one who's taking up two spots with her gas guzzler and who left her car door wide open in the drop-off lane. 
 
 
Give her a break. Maybe she'll be inclined to give you one too. Either way, you'll be able to tell your kids "we don't act like that in our house" when one of them pulls a jerk move. 
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