I have a new thought process that helps with my parenting: if I had to watch my kids imitate how I react, day to day, would my reaction be “cool!” or “oh, crap!”
My most dramatic hour of the day? Without a doubt – the morning hour where I get up and ready for work and two little ones ready for school and daycare. (I am blessed with a helpful husband, he just has to be at work before even the sun wakes up.) That leaves me to make mornings happen: part nurturer and cheerleader, part drill sergeant. Every second counts. I’ve read some nifty suggestions:
Prepare the night before.
Expect the unexpected.
Build in a cushion of time.
But here’s one that helps me the most right now-
Keep modeling goodness. Choose NO DRAMA, MOMMA!
all I’ve done is on the up and up and somebody still has a meltdown. With an almost two year old, melt downs are common occurrences. He is still learning how to use words properly.
Those pesky words – sometimes life feels better when expressed in a scream, or a frustrated sigh, or a really good cry. I can relate to that – but that isn’t the example I want to model on the regular.
Our kids are continually watching. My simple day to day responses largely influence how they react to life as it unfolds. There is no way to escape the trials that are in fact promised to us. My reaction to them, however, is up for the choosing.
Choose No Drama, Momma.