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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Respond don't react... This is a phrase I have told myself over and over through the years. I have 3 children 19, 16, and 11. Each of the three at times have tested my patience, my flexibility, and my "cool". My natural instinct is to just shout, "Just do as I say!" or "Boy do you want to see tomorrow?" BUT I have found if I keep my cool I get better results. Believe me I have "reacted" plenty and it never ends well. It ends up with hurt feelings and me having to apoligise. Remember respond don't react.  Respond don't react. It's kind of like counting to 10 slowly before you say anything 1...2..3..but instead of thinking about what number comes next your telling yourself what's the best way to handle the situation. My children have learned when they hear me muttering this phrase it's best to drop it. I would love to hear how you deal with challenging situations with your children. I need all the help I can get. 

1 comment:

  1. I think about how I want to look back and remember that I dealt with it. Does that make sense? I sort of think of about the type of mom I want to be, the fantasy mom that is endlessly patient, and I act like her. Even if I don't feel it, I fake it. You know what they say, fake it til you make it! Lol. I like your way, I think I will add that in there. =)