Patience, it's something we all lose at some point. You can feel it slipping away, your toddler is driving you bonkers, pushing every button in exactly the right sequence to make you want to scream really loud. I don't think I have any secret to keep my patience in check. Here are three things that I do help me with my patience.
Sometimes I have to take a step back and remove myself from the situation for a minute, recollect my thoughts and go back in to deal with whatever it is that I have to deal with.
Keep things in perspective. What does my child really want, and why is he/she behaving this way? Sometimes it is as simple as realizing that naps didn't happen, so they're just tired. Trying to get to root cause of why they are lashing out at you.
The last thing I do is talk to him. I just tell him what's going on, and why what he is doing is bothering me, or how his behavior is affecting those around him. Sometimes it works, other times, I have to tag team Mr. and really get out of the house. But that's happened maybe once? And then when I think back to what it was that made me lose my patience, I usually can refer back to lesson 2, and realize that oh yea, he didn't get that nap, or he went to bed super late last night.
Not really helpful, I think we as Mamas just need to do whatever it is what need to do to get to the next minute, the next hour, the next day. Some days are better than others and we can't beat ourselves up over it. They won't remember this one incident, but they will remember all the good times and all the hugs and kisses and the love that they feel. Not one moment in time. At least that's what I tell myself.
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