Hey momma! We’re constantly under stress, right? I feel ya. I know that trying to balance my house, business, and care for my child that life can get crazy stressful. I know that there are days when I spend the entire day looking forward to naptime or bedtime. Have you been there or is it just me?
It hit me though that I didn’t want to live my life like that. I wanted to appreciate and love my child all the time. Okay, I know that it’s not possible to do it ALL the time, but I wanted it to be more often than not. How did I get there? I started an amazing gratitude practice. This gratitude practice allows me to look at my day a lot differently than before. I can now see the good moments in the day and how they outweigh the bad. How can you use this practice to appreciate your kids while they’re little?
Okay, we know that when our cortisol levels go through the roof we are less patient. It’s easy to see that. This gratitude practice can definitely help you to manage that stress level. First, you’ll wake up rested. Second, you’ll wake up feeling like it’s going to be a good day. Third, you’ll be able to recall something cute from yesterday to help you calm yourself down. It’s a beautiful thing when we can take a deep breath and remember that this tantrum will only last a few minutes. They’ll stop throwing toys in a few years. They won’t pee on the floor forever.
Find the good in the bad
Let’s all remember that poopy diaper means that our child is getting a lot of good fiber. Take a moment to realize that your child is only having a tantrum because their frustrated and know they’ll be able to communicate that better soon.
This gratitude journal will help you remember that it was super easy to get past that tantrum yesterday. You’ll be able to see the positive in your day just by the sheer nature of knowing that nothing lasts forever especially with a toddler.
Take a step back
This gratitude practice will allow you to take a step back and look at the big picture. We all have days when the small minutia of the moment overwhelms us. Those are the days when I’m over being jumped on or cried at for the majority of the day. You know what I’m talking about, right? The literal jumping like Superman off the couch onto your shoulders/back. The crying just for the sake of crying that seems neverending! I can now take a step back though and remember that new word he learned yesterday or the moment when he came over to give me a random sugie (kiss).
We’re all on an increasingly overwhelming journey. The truth is that there are a lot of expectations of us from the previous generation and also from our friends. One of the biggest questions I see daily is about how much screen time our children should be getting. Why is this such an issue? It’s HUGE because people think all screen time is created equal and because new technology and its effects are always scary. We have to remember that when someone judges us because our kids spend too much time playing Minecraft that they probably don’t understand it’s educational benefits. They don’t understand the world your child is creating. Now, of course, it’s all about balance even in the great screen time debate.
Let’s talk about this for a minute. Balance means something different to everyone. Is it achievable? I believe that it is, but you have to know what balance looks like for you and not depend on other people’s definition. Take a minute and figure out what you need in your day and make that dream a reality.
Your overwhelm is something that makes me want to give you a giant hug and tell you that everything will be alright. It’s why I’m sharing my gratitude practice with you.
Got any questions? Comments? Success stories? I’m excited to hear from you! Let’s chat down below.
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