Frazzled Not Dazzled

I need a kick in the butt. I need refocus. Have you ever felt like things are getting a little out of control? I’ve been feeling that way lately when it comes to parenting my three-year-old. Exasperation, frustration, being just plain tired of difficult behavior has been wearing me down. This is no excuse for slippage but it’s where I’m at. I’m the parent. I need to always have a handle on the situation. Now, I’m not one step from calling up Supernanny or anything. I’ll admit I’m probably overreacting. But my lack of patience with my child needs to change. It’s not good for either of us.

Let’s talk about Becky Bailey and Conscious Discipline. I had no clue who Becky Bailey was or what Conscious Discipline was until I began taking Wildman to Lab School when he was 9-months-old. Lab School is a program through our local community college for children and parents focusing on education/emotional intelligence/respect for children as individuals/creativity/discovery. It’s firmly rooted in the principles of Conscious Discipline.

Let me clarify: I’m not one for formulaic parenting. I don’t think there is one right answer or method that can be found in a self-help book. Following what feels right and what works for my family is what I try to do. But one can never be too educated right? I try to take bits and pieces of different philosophies and apply them. Conscious Discipline is more of a set of guidelines for nurturing compassionate, well-adjusted children. If anything, I’ve reminded myself of a few tips for dealing with difficult situations. And that’s reassuring.

Does anyone else find themselves in a rut from time to time? I think I just need to chill a bit and maybe shake up our routine to keep things interesting… *sigh* Where’s that handbook that was supposed to come with children?

P. S. Happy Memorial Day!!!!

P. P. S. I really liked the new Indiana Jones movie!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. onescrappygal
    May 27, 2008 @ 09:33:25

    I agree that reading things and learning different ways to do things is a good thing. I sometimes find myself losing my temper quickly and always feel bad about it. But in my defense, I’m the only parent here… I don’t have anyone to pawn the kids off on in this house when they are frustrating me so I can have a little break. So sometimes normal, preschooler behavior on the girl’s part can make me fly off the handle. I try to talk myself through those times, tell myself to calm down, it’s not really HER it’s me and the fact that I feel stressed out… it’s getting better now that she has my undivided attention in the mornings… maybe that’s all she needed? I’m going to check out that site and see if there are any pointers for those times…


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