This morning I am tired. Drained, moody, grumpy … all of the above adjectives work for me, but they don’t really work with parenting. Kids don’t get it. They don’t understand that you had a bad night sleep, and that your snappy tone isn’t about them. They don’t understand that something that they got away with yesterday, suddenly today doesn’t fly anymore. This is the consistency that books, experts talk about.
It’s not just about being consistent when you’re thinking about parenting, it’s the consistency that needs to happen despite the grumpy, frustrated mood that you rolled out of bed with. And that’s the hard part …. much easier to figure out how to get the Happy back!
Five quick tips:
Smile – you’d be surprised at how quickly your mood can change if you just smile
Eat – Breakfast is a big deal, sometimes we just wake up hungry
Drink – a large glass of water will help – even if you are craving that coffee, start with a glass of water to help with hydration first
Compliment – spot one thing that your child is doing right and compliment them on it … even if they only managed to put their pyjamas on their bed, and that’s the only thing? Still tell them they did a good job of it.
Be thankful – catch your children helping you in some way. Or if you have given them a job to do, thank them for completing it. Giving thanks will lift your mood, and as an added bonus will also make your children feel special.
Enjoy the long weekend with your family, and try these tips out if you start feeling your mood slip.