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Glossies Made Me Do It : Becoming a More Positive Parent

In the April 2018 issue of Parents magazine, there’s an article called “Refuse to Lose It” that talks about how to more effectively communicate with your child(ren) without yelling.


Admittedly, I have the cutest daughter in the world, but she often sometimes on occasion tests my patience…particularly when it’s time to go to sleep. When I’m tired, my fuse becomes a lot shorter, and I find myself getting upset with her really quickly. This isn’t good for either of us!

This article was full of tips on how to communicate without yelling or fussing, so I’ve been working to implement those tips. Let me tell you, it’s been tough this week too because she’s been sick and bedtime and nights have been even more difficult than usual! One tip that has stood out to me more than any is to look at Charlotte and tell her how much I love her when I’m really frustrated. It may sound corny, but it’s true that it’s tough to be mad or upset when you think about just how much you love your child!

I know that there are going to be more times in the future when she tests my patience. There will be probably be more times even before this evening is finished! However, I want to keep implementing these strategies as much as possible to make me a more effective communicator and a better mom!

If you’re a parent, how do you keep your cool when your kids are pushing you to your limit? If you’re not a parent, what strategies do you use with your loved ones? Any advice is welcome! 🙂

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  1. Thanks for linking up! I read this article too. I don’t have kids, but I do have two nieces and a nephew so it was nice to get some tips on how to handle kids when they are will.not.listen. lol It can be rough!


  2. I was a firm believer in bedtime routines when my children were small. Bedtime was at 9 pm so we started the routine at 8:00. They got baths/pjs first, then we read…and read…and read, then we got water and bathroom trips (when older), prayers and then lights out. They knew to expect this every night so I usually didn’t have any pushback from them.

  3. In education, you are talk to switch out negative talk with positive talk. I try very hard to do that at work and with my daughters and their daughters. So instead of ‘don’t run’ we say ‘walk’. Seems to work well. I was a yeller with my girls. Maybe not immediately but I, too, had a short fuse on days when I was already worn out.

    Now that my daughters are older, they often just want me to listen and hold their hands (virtually), so I have to bite my tongue some days and just remind myself that I love them dearly. And that I can’t always change or fix things but I can always hold their hands.