Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Let Your Child Have a Bad Day
Now ask yourself how often do you allow your child to have a bad/off day like you?
I've come to realize that just like adults children have and should be entitled to having a "bad" day. A day where they can be a bit cranky, not listen even after you repeat something over and over again, and basically just don't really feel like having a smile and positive attitude all the time.
The other day while Leilani and I were at the zoo she slipped into a bit of a funk. I tried to get her out if it by joking and playing around with her. when that wouldn't work I started to feel like she didn't appreciate that we were at the zoo and having fun, and then I started asking her over and over again what was wrong to which she would reply nothing to over and over again.
I found myself getting upset with her simply because she was experiencing a different emotion than what I wanted her to be.
When we got on the bus on the way back and finally at home I could quite literally feel her perking up and relaxing.
Then I realized all of the other factors that I was ignoring at the zoo:
- The exhibit we went to the zoo for was over capacity and we couldn't get in. Which disappointed her.
- Every other exhibit was packed so we could go to it. Which further disappointed her.
- She was starting to get hungry and our water bottle now held lukewarm water in it.
- Oh did I forget it was a blazing 93 degrees outside with no shade.
Remember your child is a little human too and all humans are allowed to experience all range of emotions, happy, sad, disappointed, everything so let them and don't take it personal.