We’ve all been there. So tired and burnt out that when our child whines, or cries, or speaks rudely… we just lose it. Their behavior becomes the straw that breaks the camel’s back. One”imperfect” parent described just such an experience when her son took his sister’s toy and she broke down.
No one can deny parenting IS exhausting. You’re running around, picking up after your kids all the time, going shopping and making meals. And when you’re not physically exhausted, you’re mentally exhausted by your children’s emotions.
But we don’t have to be. In fact, it is very possible for your children to have emotions without you being drained by them. It is possible for you to see your child sad, frustrated, or angry, and not automatically react to it.
Not reacting doesn’t mean that you don’t care about your child’s feelings. It simply means that you can give yourself the space to pause and think about how you want to respond to your child — rather than reacting in a way that you regret because you are so emotionally charged.
In this video, I’ll tell you exactly why it’s so important to get off of your child’s emotional roller coaster (hint: they’ll open up more and take more responsibility!) and some tips for how to do it.