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Being a mom is a rewarding but stressful job. You might hear,”Mom” a hundred times a day. Some days might go super smooth and other days you might feel stressed and overwhelmed from the start. Patience is thin and you fine you snap at your child to pick their clothes up, or stop fighting with their sibling: if you are wanting to be a more patient mom, you might find these tips below useful.
If you find your heart rate is rising and you are losing your patience simply step into another room for a minute. Get away from the situation take a few deep breath, gain composure and go back in. This is great for you to do when you can to try and get yourself centered.
One thing I have found is when I get less sleep stress and anxiety creep in fast. It makes you easier to lose your patience or cool when on a normal day you don’t even flinch at the issue at hand. Try to get anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep. If that means going to bed a bit earlier do so, your body will thank you!
Your child doesn’t wake up each day and think how they can make mommy lose her cool. They are learning and by nature, them learning can sometimes stress or overwhelm us. We have to keep in the back of our minds that they are learning and their intentions are not to drive us crazy or turn our hair grey.
A lot of time we expect more than what our child is capable of. Asking a toddler not to make a mess or get into something they are not supposed too, is a bit much. They are learning and we can’t expect more than what they can truly give. If they ask you ten time what something is, it isn’t because they aren’t listening, they are learning. Try to remember we help teach our children what they know, how to act, and so on.
Be All There
A lot of times we get frustrated because we are multi-tasking and don’t fully give our child the full-on attention they are asking for. You might be doing the dishes or cooking and your child is trying to ask or talk to you. In that, you get frustrated cause your busy and it snowballs into your child having a meltdown. We need to take time to stop what we are doing and be all there for our child. Or find time a little later once you finish the task at hand to truly listen and focus on what they need. When you find yourself being less than patient look at the big picture to see if there is something on your end you could be doing differently.
When you find you and your child are less than connecting and you are struggling, try looking at it from your kid’s perspective. Try and see what they are trying to point out or get across, or how you can reword what you are trying to tell them so they are able to grasp what you are saying.
There is no true one size fits all when it comes to parenting. Each child is uniquely different and what works for some will not work for others. When it comes to finding patience as a mom, it is learning to teach your child the do’s and don’ts so they understand them and can follow the rules. Just know that if you show your child love, support, and do the best you can that is enough. We all make mistakes, lose our cool, and although it isn’t great, we can make it through. Tomorrow is a new day, and if you try to work on yourself in time you will find your patience might just get a bit better.
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