Tips to Stay on Track
Be mindful – Pay attention to your reactions. Don’t go on automatic pilot. Stop and ask yourself:
- How important is it that I say yes or no?
- Is my button getting pushed? If so, take 2 minutes to breathe.
- Is this my problem or my child’s? Am I owning my problem or dumping it on my child?
- Use the mantra, This is how it is right now. It will pass.
Remember your child is having a problem, not being a problem.
Own your power. Your personal power is just as important as your child’s.
Give yourself a break, we all make mistakes. Who wants a perfect parent!
Repair broken connections. Don’t be afraid of bringing a situation up again. Be honest and humble without putting yourself down. Suggest a “do-over”.
Say the “Of Course” mantra – Of course she wants to stay up late, Of course he doesn’t want to stop having fun, etc.