Because you’d rather not go prematurely gray.
Sometimes this is all it takes to settle yourself when things get especially hairy.
It’s easy to lose sight of this when you’re with your kids all day, but if your kids don’t act like adults it’s because they’re not. In fact, when you think about how little time they’ve been on this earth you might be impressed by how well they’re doing!
Parenting can get lonesome, but if you voice your frustrations to your partner or a friend (ideally one who has kids of their own), you’ll feel a lot better.
Is it really such a big deal which shirt your kid wears out to play? Sometimes it is, but often it isn’t. When it isn’t, let it go.
It’s easy to get into a drawn-out battle with your kid, but no additional yelling is going to drum the point into their head any further once you’ve made it.
No matter what it may look like on social media, every kid — and I mean every single kid in your Facebook feed — has their trying moments too.
This may sound counterintuitive when you’re frustrated with your kid, but doing something fun together diffuses tension and puts you in a better position to have a meaningful discussion about whatever problem you’re having.
Is it back talk that upsets you the most? Or the shoes that are always left in the middle of the family room? If you pinpoint your “button pushers” it’ll be easier to keep your cool the next time one of them rears its ugly head.
Listening to your parents talk about all of the times you frustrated them as a kid is a great way to put things in perspective.
This could be anything from babysitting to therapy sessions, but you can’t get help if you don’t ask for it.
When you’re frustrated it’s easy to focus on the conflicts with your kids and forget the wonderful moments you’ve shared. If you keep a journal of these moments you’ll be able to flip through it when you need to and remember every unsolicited hug and shared laugh.
If your kids repeatedly do something that drives you nuts, try to figure out why they’re doing it instead of just telling them to stop (which doesn’t really do much to change the situation).
If you’re having a tough time you should give yourself permission to ignore your “to-do list” for a bit. The dishes in the sink can wait.
One of the biggest frustrations of being a parent is feeling like you no longer have any “me time.” Doing something for yourself — even if it’s just reading a book for five minutes — will help. Scheduling a time in the future when you will do something for yourself can have a calming effect, too.