Dealing with a Chaotic Day

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by Uncategorized

Depressed mother of ADHD boy

I would like to take a moment to express how much I love the word “chaotic.” It’s just a cool word to say, but good heavens, NOT a good word to deal with in real life…

It’s one of those days. Everyone in the house is upset. Kids are crying, the dogs tracked mud through the kitchen, the husband can’t find his car keys… You are feeling the full effect of  “When it rains, it pours.” Mom is longing for a time when she made people happy and the world was quiet.

We have all been there and it’s not the Disney Land of parenthood. So how do we get through the gauntlet of tears without losing our own minds?

Remember You Tried

It’s so easy to forget that five minutes ago you were helping your kiddo with their homework, and all was okay with the world. Or that you took the dogs on a walk, or had just found a different lost item. Some days the storm is coming no matter what you do. You tried anyway and responded in love.

Find Humor

During the season of tantrums it’s difficult to find your funny bone, but when you do you can turn all those tears to laughter. Pretend to cry, too. Throw yourself on the floor. It often throws you children off guard and they begin to laugh themselves. When all else fails start a tickle war. You may not have a whole lot of time, but this could make the rest of your day easier for everyone to get through.

Hold Your Ground

If fighting is happening, make sure your kids know that they have to face the consequences of those actions. Enforce a quick time out and tell them that anger or sadness doesn’t buy rude or violent behavior. Then hold on until the storm blows itself out.

Some days are just no fun, but keep in mind that tomorrow can be the best day ever! You’ve got this!

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