As a parent, you don’t get a break when you are irritable or in a bad mood, so how do you find your patience?

Every parent knows that when you’re temper is already short, it’s not easy to find the patience to treat your child like they deserve to be treated. We all feel irritable and impatient from time to time, but when you’re a full-time mom or dad, you don’t really have the luxury to act on your feelings. Here are a few tips from our daycare in Columbia to help you regain your patience.

#1. Be mindful of your mood.

If you don’t acknowledge that there is a problem with your mood, there’s no way that you can fix it. When you feel yourself getting mad at your child or impatient with them, ask yourself if they really did something to deserve it or if you are taking your mood out on them.

#2. Take time to be thankful for the good things.

Being thankful is beneficial in so many ways! It makes us feel more optimistic, happier and less stressed, and one study that was published in the journal, Psychological Science, found that it also helps us be more patient.

#3. Worry less about the time.

If you really think about it, the concept of time is something that humans made up to dictate the day, and we could all stand to think of time in less strict standards. If your child is dawdling and you are going to be late for something, ask yourself what is the worst that could happen if you’re late. It won’t be the end of the world, and it’s certainly no reason to lose your patience.

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.