Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Parenting Quick Challenge: Avoiding Frustration with Your Child

This week's Parent of the Week post made a great point. We, as parents, can get so frustrated with our children when they do things like dawdle on the way to the bathroom because they notice Every. Single. Thing. But think for a second how amazing that is- if the world didn’t have people that perceptive and detail oriented, we wouldn’t have amazing scientists and astronauts. If we didn't have kids who wanted to try out every single one of the 120 count crayons, we wouldn't have such talented artists and painters.

So here’s the challenge: Try not to get frustrated with your child’s, hmmm, let’s call them ‘personality quirks.’ Try to think of the positive things about your child and comment on them. You and your child will be glad you did.

For example, if you have a very boisterous child, instead of saying

“Why can’t you just calm down for FIVE MINUTES?”

Try: “I love the energy you have! I wonder if you will be an athlete or a dancer when you grow up?! Do you feel like playing outside with all that energy?”

Try it. Did you do it? How did it feel? 


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