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5 Tips for Peaceful Parenting

by | September 29, 2018

Parenting is tough, anger and frustration are common emotions that raise their ugly heads on a daily basis. Here are some tips for peaceful parenting. 

I myself, have in the past been guilty of losing it over the smallest of things, and then spending hours feeling awful that I yelled at my kid. So lately I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to parent more calmly. It’s really making a huge difference in my stress levels and my daughter seems a lot happier.

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Studies have shown that yelling makes children more physically and verbally aggressive. It can cause long-term effects, like anxiety and low self esteem. A parent who is calm is reassuring, which makes children feel loved and accepted in spite of bad behavior.

There are many ways you can choose to respond when your kids start pressing your buttons.

Learn to manage your anger and arrive at a peaceful solution using these strategies:

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1. Give yourself a timeout.

Timeouts aren’t just for kids. Adults also need a little break to calm down. Taking deep breaths, or practicing mindful meditation, gives you a few minutes to allow a level of reason to return to your mind. You’ll find yourself in a better place to make more rational and peaceful parenting decisions.

2. Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be happy?

Many arguments are the result of the desire to be right. If you choose to be happy over winning every heated discussion with your kids, your life will be more enjoyable, and you will become a more relaxed parent overall. Which is more important to you?

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3. Instead of  trying to make yourself feel better, look for a solution

Lashing out in anger is about making yourself feel better. Instead of yelling at your kids, work on finding a peaceful parenting solution. The outcome will be much better and well worth the extra few minutes it took.

4. Take a second to notice your anger.

Instead of mindlessly lashing out to your frustration, step back for a minute to examine it. Pretend you’re an outsider watching the irrational showdown. What does it feel like to you? Where is the emotion coming from in your body? Is the feeling in your head, chest, or stomach? Has your breathing changed? Are your hands shaking or clenching? By disengaging from your anger, you can gain a different perspective and weaken your negative emotions.

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5. Look at the big picture.

Is losing your mind over a backpack left on the floor really the end of the world? Is it going to affect the rest of your week? Putting everything into perspective can help to ease those feelings of anger and frustration.

What peaceful parenting methods have you incorporated into your life? How are they working for you? Let us know in the comments.

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