Unfortunately, one of those deep emotions we sometimes feel as parents is anger. Not exactly an "I want to punch you" kind of anger, but more of an "I'm so frustrated/exasperated/fed up I want to scream and pull my hair out" kind of anger. You know what I mean, right? The kind where you can feel your blood pressure rising. The kind where you can almost envision the mercury rising in the imaginary thermometer and you know that, when it reaches the top, you are going to lose it.
Well, one of the best ways to address that anger is to vent! So, in honor of National Blood Pressure Month (and trying to keep mine in check), here are five things my kids do that make me go berserk:
- They Bicker - Sometimes, they argue over the most ridiculous things and in the most nonsensical ways. They can take the most mundane thing and turn it into a reason to fight.
- They Whine - Can I get a high five from all the parents our there on this one?? There are not many things on earth as annoying and anger inducing as an incessantly whiny child.
- They think I'm their maid - My three daughters are 12, 10, and 7. Is it really to much to expect them to put their empty cups in the sink and their food wrappers in the trash? What about putting their shoes and book bags in the closet? Well, apparently it is because those are all things they only do when I nag them to death. And, don't even get me started on trying to get them to cooperate with chores!
- They are wasteful - Me: "If I buy this do you promise you will eat/use/take care of it? Them: "Yes, mom! I promise!" Me: "Are you sure?" Them: "Yes, absolutely!" Then, they take one bite and decide they don't like it or after one wash the new shirt is suddenly itchy. It's maddening.
- They complain about things nobody can change - We all complain - it's human nature. It really gets under my skin, though, when my kids complain about things I cannot control. They complain about the hot weather, or the rain, or the homework their teacher assigned, or how long we have to wait at the doctor's office. I didn't do any of those things and complaining to me about them doesn't solve anything.
Fortunately, despite all the angst they have created for me over the past (almost) 13 years, they also have ways of making all the anger, frustration, and stress of parenting totally worth it. Just as quickly as they make my blood pressure rise, they can bring it back down by . . .
- Making Me Laugh - Why should you NEVER give Elsa a balloon? Answer: Because she'll "Let it go, Let it go!" (You must sing this part to get the full effect!) This is a joke that my middle daughter told me for no apparent reason on a day that was particularly stressful. I had to laugh. How could you not?
- They Give Me Hugs - I don't think any parent can be mad when your kid comes up, wraps her arms around you, and gives you a hug.
- They Give Me Compliments - I know that I'm not always the best mommy in the world, but they think I am even when I don't and, once in a while, they tell me so.
- They Sleep - Mine aren't so little anymore, but they are still so peaceful when they sleep. Sometimes I watch them for just a minute or two and I can feel myself relax as I take them in.
- They Love Me - It's true that nobody can make me quite as irritated as my kids, but when they tell me they love me or give me a super sweet Mother's Day note, I know they adore me despite all my flaws and mistakes. That makes every ounce of the frustration and exasperation more than worth it!
What do your kids do that drives you nuts? What do they do that melts your heart?
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