Today is the kick off of the Mighty Mama series with Little & Mighty.
This week we were asked: “How do you stay centered and calm when your kids are having meltdowns, tantrums or big emotions?”
This is especially tough for me at the moment since I’ve only recently entered the realm of meltdowns and tantrums with O. I acknowledge that he his having whatever emotion and take a deep breath (i.e. “I know you’re angry…” or “I know you’re sad…”). I try my best to work through the emotion with him. For me, i want him to understand that it’s okay to be mad, angry, or frustrated but that there are different ways to communicate each emotion without screaming like there’s no tomorrow in the cereal aisle. Being able to talk it through actually manages to keep me calm during the whole process.
It is INDEED a process. In all honesty, this isn’t a full proof system. I have moments where I’m struggle with keeping it cool. That’s where the “mom look” comes in. You know, that stern look you give that means “Stop it right now. I mean business!” More often than not, it works and that in itself makes O check himself. Sometimes I even get a “I sowwie mama.”
How do you keep your cool during those moments?
Be sure to check our what the other Mighty Mamas have to say on the Little & Mighty blog.