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Cherish each moment

There are different ages of children in which parents experience some of the most difficult times of their lives. Raising small children, toddlers in particular, is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Parenthood is never easy and always full of self-doubts and ‘I could have done this better’. One of the worst mistakes I have made in raising my toddlers started out as that, then the nagging feeling got more insistent. It’s a mistake and lesson that I feel is important for all parents.

Toddlers in general are basically selfish. They can’t help it, they don’t know better, it’s simply the way nature intended them to be. My daughters, due to my husband and I’s lovely tempers, are more aggressive, selfish and stubborn than most. My mistake was in taking all their selfish actions personally. Every time one of them hit the other, took a toy, got into something marked off as ‘forbidden’, expressly disobeyed rules, or acted out I took it as them personally acting that way to make me upset. Now, to a certain extent toddlers do want a reaction. Still, they cannot help themselves in acting that way. I was getting progressively more and more frustrated with them. Taking away toys, privileges, finally losing my temper and yelling at them. My mother, who has a degree in early child development, has worked at a day care and who had four children was the one who finally got through to me. I learned that taking it personally was only making me angry. They would continue to do the same selfish, silly things until they just grew out of it. My lesson in that is patience and understanding are the best tools in raising children, particularly young ones. It helps to have an unlimited supply of love as well. Cherish these moments, because all too soon they will be over.

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Posted on February 28th, 2015 by Anonymous

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