Have you ever felt that you would prefer to get a root canal than get your kids out the door in the morning? Or that you might jump out the window if your colicky baby keeps you up one more night, your toddler screams “YUK!” at the healthy meal you spent an hour preparing, or your teen gives you the silent treatment for some unspeakably major felony like complimenting her new haircut?
Perhaps you felt that familiar swelling of frustration when you came out of the bathroom to find that your beloved little ones had taken all your most expensive make-up and given each other (and the family dog) makeovers.
Or when you were watching the game with some friends and just at that crucial moment in the penalty shootout which could have won the game or cost your team the Stanley Cup, your kid flipped the channel to Nickelodeon.
Your anger gets the better of you and…you snap. You respond in ways you are not proud of, and you feel guilty on top of it because, well, you know you’re supposed to be the grown-up here.
If any of these situations sound familiar, don’t worry – you are not alone.
Millions of parents all over the world get stressed out by their children's wacky antics, and, while some moms and dads are naturally prone to calm and chilled-out ways of coping, many find themselves feeling resentful, overwhelmed, desperate, and out of control.
The worst part is, we know our kids aren’t bad. In fact, our kids are simply fantastic! They are the cutest, kindest, smartest, and best little creations that ever were. (For some reason, we only remember this when they are sleeping.)
But still, we lose our tempers. Is it effective? Does it make us feel good afterwards? The answer is resoundingly: no.
Instead of continuing to lose our tempers when our children don’t act the way we want them to (which is actually how children are supposed to act), let’s embark on this journey of calmer and more effective parenting together. We’ll learn tactics to reduce our parenting stress, respond effectively in moments of anger, make amends for our mistakes, and improve our relationships with our children in the long run.
* The personal anecdotes throughout this course are culled from various contributing writers on our team. To keep it unified and make it easier to read, we’ve kept them all in the first person.
** This course is not meant for parents of children with diagnosed psychological or health problems, nor is it meant for parents who struggle with abusive tendencies. This is meant for parents who deal with the everyday hassles of child rearing and who have difficulties keeping their cool.
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