Here’s some breaking news – parenting a threenager is R-O-U-G-H. Like, there are moments where I’m all, “Can I get a return or exchange? I need the calmer model, stat!” Feel me? I mean, it’s mostly always awesome having a three year old, but I share about all the goodness often enough so I’m here with a bit of, we’ll call it, balance :)
Anyways, the point of my post and my most recent parenting revelation is this … learning to manage a three year old’s emotions is more about learning to manage myself. Yep, balls in my court. The whining, the fits, the food battles, all of it – I have the choice on whether or not it rattles me. All the moments I feel like yelling back or throwing my own temper tantrum about how freakin’ unfair it is to be tied to a sweet girl turned banshee at the turn of a coin, it’s my opportunity to practice self-control.
So, these days, I’m teaching self-control to a 27 year old. Myself. Of course, I’m teaching lessons to my threenager too, but mostly I’m focusing on me. Because she follows my behavior and it’s time I step up my game.
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