Children demand a lot of attention which often requires an inordinate amount of patience. So be generous with yourself and accept your human imperfection. Your commitment to work on self-control is what matters, not your temporary mistakes.
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Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.
There is something about your child looking you straight in the eye and saying, "No, I won't do that," "I hate you" or "You can't make me" that challenges you to the core. You are so not alone.
When I feel myself losing my temper, if I can muster the mindfulness to be self-reflective, I ask myself these questions.
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