Sometimes we have a tea party when we do our homework. That may seem like an affectation, but it's a strategy. On a normal afternoon, I am wrangling two five-year-olds and one nearly 4-year-old, while the one-year-old is asleep. It's extremely difficult to get them to calm down and concentrate. But if it is a tea party, with miniature, genuine China teacups brimming with aromatic orange sweet tea, they are much more interested in sitting down and being careful with their movements. I would much rather say, "Slow down a little, look out for your little cup of tea" rather than, "Would you please sit down and concentrate?"
Heaven knows a good herbal tea does this mother a lot of good on a cold January afternoon!