As moms, we've all lost our patience at one time or another -- maybe more than we'd like to admit. But being more patient with our kids is better for them -- and us. When your patience is being tested:
- Take a deep breath
- Don't react. Think first, then act calmly
- If you have to (and it's safe) remove yourself from the situation for a minute to calm down
Remind yourself to:
- Look at the bigger picture: In the realm of things, your kid acting up is a temporary, minor nuisance that you'll forget about in a few hours.
- Think about the why: It may be hard to do in the moment, but try to think about WHY your kid is acting up. Is he tired? Sick? Hungry? We're all cranky when we're tired, sick, or hungry -- and he's just a kid!
- Remember it's not you: Kids throw tantrums -- all kids. It's not the tantrum you'll remember, it's the way you handled it (and so will your child).
- Nip anger in the bud: Remember that the angrier you are, the more upset your kid will become -- and they might start to think that anger and aggression are good ways to deal with things.
- Miss them: Think about how you'll miss these days when they're all grown up!
How have your kids tested your patience? How do you remain calm?
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