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Frustration and aggravation are just two additional constants — aside from love and affection —that accompany parenthood.
Leah Goulis, mother and lifestyle editor of Kidspot, is very willing to admit her occasional frustration towards her kids.
In a piece for Kidspot, she wrote:
I know I’m not alone when I admit that sometimes, as a parent, I lose my s**t. I also know that I’m not alone when I say I feel incredibly guilty when I do.
Goulis recalled one night when things had gotten particularly bad:
[T]he floor had become a river once again and the toddler was putting toilet paper in the bath, you know, just because.
But before she could lose her cool, her 4-year-old son sagely announced some advice he learned in school:
“Mummy, when you feel the monsters inside your tummy, breathe through your nose and down to the toes and count to 10.”
Wise words from an endearingly nicknamed, “little gremlin.”
Goulis tried putting his words into action.
She recalled her actions as she cleaned up the mini flood in the bathroom:
I did exactly as I was told. I breathed through the nose, a big one so it went down to my toes, and I counted to 10.
Yes, I felt much better. And yes, I felt much more calm and in control of the situation and emotions.
It’s worth a shot! Next time you feel your rage bubbling dangerously close to the surface, take a deep breath and wait it out.