“It’s Ok, breathe, calm, breathe, don’t let it get to you” are the words that repeated in my head over and over today. The kids are excited because we get to go to a hotel tonight. In between waking up, extra early, and getting to the hotel is Daddy’s VERY LONG work day. Welcome to our Saturday. I try, I mean TRY not to let my kids push my buttons. They know what gets to me and how to work it. How strong can a person really be? I admit, today is a big time struggle to stay calm and happy.
In the classroom, staying calm, happy and in charge is super easy. I have always been the teacher that gets the kids that are known for challenging authority. A few weeks in my classroom, the kids are happy, learning, and not testing me as their teacher. I show them structure, routine, and a gentle, yet stern understanding. So my question to myself everyday, as a mother, is why do I have less patience for the kids that answered my prayers, whom I love to the moon and back? Gosh, the answer is simple, my kids are MY investment. I have been with them for years and will continue to watch them grow and develop. Now, as they are getting older, I have to remind myself that while my kids are my INVESTMENT they are not ME. They are their OWN people, with their OWN thoughts on life. The best thing I can do is lead by example. So when my buttons are pushed, I will continue to say, “Breathe, Calm, Breathe.” Hopefully, it will teach my kids how to find a happy place in their heads when put in frustrating situations with people who might frustrate them.