Have you ever felt that you are constantly giving to your children and doing so much for them that you are exhausted and even resentful of all their demands?
If so, then this month’s parenting tip is right for you: Know and Respect Your Limits
It is far better to give only as much as you can willingly – or perhaps just slightly more-so. After that, set limits calmly and firmly. Then what you do for your child will be done lovingly.
Parents need a degree of physical and emotional well-being so they can preserve their most important resources – their energy and their good will.
Parents usually take better care of their children when their own needs are met so it is actually better for everyone when parents respect their own limits and feelings.
For example, you can say:
“We don’t have time to take a walk this morning. I know you really want to go. After your nap this afternoon, we can go out for a walk.”
So, rather than feeling that you have to say “yes” to all your children’s requests, you can learn to say “no” to them sometimes with respect and understanding. If you do so, you will have modeled a valuable lesson in setting personal boundaries and taking care of oneself.