Success Tips to Parenting While Frustrated
Parenting, it’s both an adventure and a struggle, and if your kids are anything like mine, you tend to get frustrated pretty often. It’s as if they know exactly what buttons to push to get me irritated so that they will hopefully get whatever it is that they want. However, as much as yelling would be the easiest response, it’s really pointless. So next time your little (or big) kiddo sets you off, try these strategies to help you cope thru your parental frustrations:
- Give yourself a pep-talk. Find a few calming phrases (or maybe try singing "Let it Go" to yourself?) to use when you notice your anger increasing. This will allow you to successfully complete step 2.
- Get to the root of the problem. Take a deep breath and ask your child what’s going on. Try to see if there is something that is bothering or upsetting your child which is causing them to act like this.
- Identify the triggers. Keep track of when you become frustrated… is it more often when you are hungry or tired? The same could be true for your child.
- Empathize with your child. Try to think of a time when you may have made a similar choice and use that to fuel your response. When you do this, you’ll be more likely to respond with understanding.
I know these don’t solve every parenting struggle, but hopefully they at least help once in a while. :)
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