Parenting is hard work, and it’s completely normal to have moments where you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or upset with your kids. However, it’s important to try your best to keep these feelings from negatively impacting the way you interact with your children. We’ve all had experiences where our emotions got the best of us, and we didn’t exactly react or respond to something in the best way. It’s likely that if we had taken a moment to walk away and calm down during this situation, we would have responded with more kindness and compassion.
As a parent, it is important to recognize the moments when you are feeling emotionally dysregulated and take time to calm down before responding to your kids. A great way to regain composure when you feel yourself becoming angry or upset is to take a break. Often times, walking away from the situation can help you find clarity and perspective, leading you to approach your children with the mindset of curiosity, compassion, and teaching.