Thursday, October 20, 2011

Food for Thought

It seems like lately my blog has been more on the "serious" side- sort of my outlet for getting my thoughts on parenting issues out. I guess its reflective of what has been going on in my head recently.

I read this wonderful post on my friend Tasha's blog this morning and I thought it was great food for thought to start my day.

All too often I find myself reacting too quickly out of anger or frustration. And its true- my mood and attitude reflects what happens in our house on any given day. If I'm crabby- my reactions will be more severe. If I'm feeling rested, calm and patient, my reactions will reflect that.

I've been trying to make an effort to take a few deep breaths or count to 10 before responding- to allow myself to calm down a bit before I respond to something in anger.

I also recently heard about the 10-10-10 rule (I think that is what it is). Ask yourself: Will this matter in 10 minutes? 10 months? 10 years? And react accordingly.

No one is perfect and especially no parent is perfect. There is no perfect way to do things. We all make mistakes and will regret the way that we've handled a situation.

I saw this the other day and thought it was a good reminder, and I think, appropriate for this (and Tasha's ) post.


The Tompkins Family said...

I'm going to try to remember to use the 10 rule and the THINK acronym. Both are excellent tools. I've been trying to do the deep breath thing too. It definitely works if I can remember to use it!

Karyn said...

Trust me - even if it will matter in 10 years, you will regret the angry responses but never the calm ones.