It happens, our children are driving us up the wall and to be totally honest, we don’t want to be around them. We don’t want to hear their voices. (We don’t really like them) and it feels horrible.
We react differently when we feel this way and we want to get out of this cycle but they are just so annoying.
So practice gratitude around your child.
We know this makes a difference. In another one of my favorite articles in the New York Times, the author talks about how a bad situation is flipped upside down when he invokes gratitude. It can work with your kids too. When you add in gratitude, your whole perspective will change.
- So while you are making breakfast, think about one thing that you love about your child.
- Before you go to bed, write down one thing that you enjoyed about your child during the day
- Your children may be pain in the necks, but remember what you do have, food on the table, a safe place to sleep, clean clothes to wear. When we put things into perspective, it is easier to practice gratitude.
- Volunteer at your local homeless shelter or a group that works with refugees. When you give, you are also practicing gratitude and if your kids are old enough, have them participate too.
This is real.
When our kids are complete pains, we can really turn things around by practicing daily gratitude.