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You reached the end of the day and you had it at this point! It was one of those days where nothing went right! The next thing you know your spouse, your kids, everyone is so eager to tell you about all of the wild experiences that took place during their day. The last thing you need at this point is to hear about someone else's problems. You are so tired and you had enough of your own problems for one day!
Wait a minute… You are the parent, the role model and you believe it is important to set a good example. You want to show your kids how to cope with the problems they face each day.
So how do you put a smile on your face when times are tough? How do you set a good example each day so that your children know how to stay strong and be grateful for the positive things we have in life?
I want to provide you with inspiration that can support you when you face challenging times. Days where it may be difficult to keep a smile on your face and continue to be a good example for your family. Be the inspiration your family looks up to!
The first tip I have is to catch your children when they start complaining or when they are grumpy. Ask them what is bothering them at that moment. Let them know they are strong and they can find a solution. Compliment them and remind them of everything they should be grateful for. By doing this you are guiding your child through the process of reflection, you are helping them learn the practice of being mindful, and you are helping them acknowledge what they are feeling. Soon this will be a habit for your child and they will have a great appreciation for your guidance.
Take note of your volume. When we are stressed or in a rush, our emotions are on a high. During these times it is so important to be mindful of the tone of our voice. It can make such a difference! If you have a calm voice you will instantly see a positive difference in the response you receive from those around you. Kids are like a sponge and it is important to be the example they need so that they know how to cope when life is challenging.
Surprise them! Surprise them with candy, or make them their favorite food… Everyone likes a good surprise, but when you do it reminds your child that life is full of great surprises. You never know what a new day will bring. Some experiences are not great but we need to remember that some are amazing. We can’t let our negative experiences blind us from our positive experiences.
I would recommend surprising your children often and continue to let them know the message behind this act. With repetition, this lesson is present in their minds each day.
These tips have helped me and I am sure they will help you! Take time for yourself at the end of the day and always remember to do the things that make you happy. Stay strong each day and be the example your family looks up to. I know you can do it! I believe in you!