Master the Art of Patience When Parenting Gets Tough
Many first time parents confess to losing their patience when dealing with a crying baby, which often leads them to have self-condemning thoughts, feelings of frustration, exhaustion and a loss of identity and gratitude in life.
Exercising patience is a challenge, but losing your cool and snapping at your baby can leave a lasting, negative impact on your child, especially as they grow older.
Starting from a very young age, children will begin to mirror the actions, attitudes and behavior of their parents, so it’s critical to practice patience to your children, even when they’re being naughty, unreasonable or taking longer than expected to learn something new. Though it might seem difficult at the time, it will surely pay off in the future when you see the virtue of patience become part of their character.
Learn the art of patience and self control with these tips so that your kids will be raised in a loving, joyful and healthy environment.
Remember the basics
Before learning to speak, your baby will communicate through crying. It’s easy for first time parents to panic or get tense and frustrated when this happens. Instead, remind yourself of what they might be in need of. Maybe it’s time for a nap, feed, or they might be uncomfortable because of the temperature or their position. Stay calm and think rationally.
Don’t neglect caring for yourself
New parents often picture in their mind the task of parenting as having to completely give up their own needs and becoming a slave to their little one. Though this is true is some aspects, parents should not neglect looking after their own physical and emotional health. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a minute to rejuvenate and clear your head, making sure to leave your child in a safe place or with your partner or a carer.
Share the burden
Although parenting is one of the most fulfilling experiences in life, no one ever says it is easy. Sharing the care of a child with someone you trust gives you much needed support and will make it less stressful and overwhelming. Whether it be your spouse, partner, a close relative or friend, having another person to share the responsibility is a great way to keep your nerves under control.
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- Agnes Yoon