Emotions are Contagious
And anxiety is probably the most contagious emotion there is.
Self-care during this pandemic can seem frivolous.
In order for moms to be the most effective we can be, we have to be as well-rested as possible and as calm as possible. Not all the time. But at least in general. One way to help us be our best selves is to practice self-care.
And what a great model we are for our sons and daughters when they see us setting limits and boundaries so we can practice self-care. That not only provides them a model to do the same, but they will respect their future partners' boundaries!
The next time you notice your child is "acting out" I want you to look at "the mom in the mirror." Ask yourself
How am I feeling? What's my emotional temperature? How do I feel right now?
If you're feeling upset or anxious, it's at least possible your child's behavior is a reflection of your emotional state.
This does NOT mean it's your fault!
This means that you have some control. You can control how you act. And a great place to start is to become calm yourself.
Post on IG, Twitter, Facebook, wherever and share your favorite way to calm down!
- Step 1 Seasons of Parenting (infants, toddlers, school-age, tween, teen) (7)
- Toddler (1)
- Teen (2)
- Tween (1)
- Step 2 Mission & Vision (goals, legacy, dreams) (5)
- Technology (devices, screentime) (3)
- Step 3 The Five Needs (Responsive Family) (5)
- Angry Child (defiance, emotions, strong-willed child) (2)
- Self Care (2)
- Step 4 Shared Responsibilities (Chores) (2)
- Homework (1)
- Step 5 Family Meetings (Communication) (2)
- Holidays (2)
- Routines and Schedules (mornings, bedtime) (1)
- Step 6 Discipline (Consequences) (2)