The scenario plays out like this: My husband, my toddler and I make a plan to go to the playground. My toddler refuses to be strapped into his stroller en route to the playground. My toddler melts down before we get to the playground. Great.
Still, my internal Jaws music—that “dun nun, dun nun” beat that signals the shark is coming and you’re about to lose your cool—doesn’t sound until my toddler’s meltdown causes my husband to melt down. (Yes, this is a thing.) My spouse’s reaction: “He doesn’t want to go in the stroller? Let’s not make him go in the stroller!” It goes without saying that my husband, who I love, has a low tolerance for tears.
Cue the surge of mom anger. (No, I’m not proud of this.)
But that’s why the idea of an internal Jaws soundtrack resonates so much. According to a recent piece in The New York Times, tuning in to the trigger for your inner “shark music” is a critical part of navigating the complex emotions that define parenthood—and recognizing that the toothy creature bubbling up to the surface is something you can actually head off at the pass.