Yes, that bad.
As I exerted the effort to stop my own head from spinning around on my body in response, my brain actually kicked into gear to solve the little conundrum.
Think. Think. Think.
Breakfast. They ate breakfast, so all should be well. But, breakfast was some lovely homemade scones that J. whipped up earlier and there were no hard-boiled eggs cooked this morning. That means there was no protein. They ate two hours ago...
Ahhhhh. The light shined. Hope to the screaming problem was on the horizon.
Protein. Some little girls needed a quick infusion of protein, STAT.
Now, experience told me that once entered into the screaming phase, it was very difficult to move them out of it. I also knew that novelty would do the trick. So, in a rare flash of parenting brilliance, I made some quick trail mix, got out the lovely little luncheon plates and cups that I never use, poured glasses of milk into the fancy little cups, and set it all on TV trays. I never said a word, but the curiosity about what I was doing and the little luncheon plates jogged them out of their screaming enough to pay attention to what I was doing. And the desire to use the charming little luncheon plates overrode their current inflexibility.
They ate their protein snack and calm was restored. We even went on to have a fairly productive academic morning. (Don't worry, I made trail mix for the non-screamers as well.)
Oh, and I keep forgetting. I had a new article published: The 4 Best Things We Learned from Karyn Purvis
I think any parent, not just adoptive ones, should be familiar with her work. Check it out.