I don’t know any parent that thinks being a parent is a breeze. We all have challenges when raising our kids. All kids make mistakes, have life lessons to learn, and learn how to push our buttons. What do you do when parenting gets tough? What are some ways to cope and find gratitude through the difficult times?
1. Recognize that we have a tendency to magnify the bad stuff when we are emotional. It feels like whatever is happening in that moment is the worst possible thing that could happen. “My child is getting terrible grades and hates school. He’s probably going to drop out of high school and become a bum on the street. And I will have failed as a parent. And everyone will know.” This is more common for women because men can more easily compartmentalize and not dwell on things when they are busy with other stuff.