Well, this week’s parenting plan challenge is to be more patient and less annoyed. This really is a challenge for my personality. I’m a runner, always always stressed and running to the next thing. Always hurrying, always with too much to do. I didn’t want my kids to feel like they are last on the priority list, so this week I have been working on listening more and stressing less.
It has been helpful that the kids have been in school all week because when they come home i want to hear the knitty gritty about their day and because I really do care what they are doing.
I have one daughter who has been struggling with lying and we have been pulling our hair out because none of the punishments we’ve given her have been effective. However, I feel like I did really well being patient and showing her that I still loved her even though she was making some bad choices.
However, last night I was making a complicated and messy dinner and all the kids were in the kitchen firing off questions. My son asked me how to spell something and I spilled what I was making. I lost it and told my son to go somewhere else until dinner was finished. I felt really bad when I did that and apologized later. I find it hard to be patient in situations where I’m trying to concentrate yet being bombarded with questions and chatter. I’m really trying to change though. I think with time and experience I will improve.
What have you done to be a better Mom or to practice a parenting plan? Please comment and let us know.
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