It's been a little bit of a rough patch getting back into the routine of home after vacation, particularly for Cassidy. Every day she grows more verbal & gains vocabulary that helps her express what she wants - which can be a double edge sword since she wants it right now...pu-weeeeese! There have been multiple meltdowns each day, but lessening as the days pass. I tend to try the distraction technique first & if that doesn't work (or makes it worse!) just ignore the tantrum until she gives up & moves on to something else. Bless Michael though, since he has more patience than I do in attempting to diffuse meltdowns.
Watching him interact with Cassidy, & Kalea too, reminds me that there is often more than
my one way to parent and, if I close my mouth & stop micromanaging long enough, our daughters will learn skills I couldn't have taught them myself, how to adapt to different situations and people.
Letting go also gives me those moments of reprieve as well. Although I strive to be SuperMom, in reality I know that I need to accept help & take time for myself. I'm a better parent when I've had even a half hour of distance.
So, moms & dads, grandpas & grandmas, pet-owners & parents, how do your parenting styles differ &/or compliment one another? What things do you do when you need time to re-energize?
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