Choices

March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm (attitude, mommy moments, Uncategorized) (, , )

glass half full

 Life is all about choices.

And sometimes there are too many choices-like why are there 52 kinds of toothpaste and 38 kinds of deodorant to choose from? (If you know the answer to this please enlighten me!)

I think one of the most important choices you make each day is your attitude.

I am generally an upbeat, glass-half-full kind of girl. But sometimes during the meltdowns of a toddler it’s hard to choose a happy attitude.

My soon to be three year old daughter has been trying my patience lately. She has perfected the whine and fake cry. Throw in a very curious 14 month old, a long winter and a broken dishwasher and you have the makings of a bad mood. And once that bad mood starts, it is hard to break its momentum.  (Did I mention that the dishwasher is brand new?)

 I am fortunate enough to stay at home with my kids and I wouldn’t change it for the world! But on some bad days I have to take things moment by moment.

When I feel myself quickly slipping into anger I try to remember what kind of example I want to be to my children. I try to follow my own rules…

  • talk nicely

  • don’t shout

  • say please and thank-you

  • take a deep breath if you feel frustrated

  • ask for help if you need it

It’s amazing how positively my children respond to me if I practice what I preach.

I have to wake up each day and CHOOSE my attitude.Yeah, I’m not perfect. I don’t always make the right choices. But as a mother, I will always keep trying.

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