Sometimes I lose my patience with my 2 1/2 year old son. It’s hard to describe how the situations escalate- it generally starts with him being tired so he stops listening to us and seems to head for trouble at every turn. Then as we get worked up he gets worked up and before you know it everyone is yelling (me, my husband and my son). And now the latest thing- potty training- is probably going to put us into family therapy!
I was reading this book called “Buddism for Mothers of Young Children”. They talk a lot about just “being” and living in the now- not looking to the future and hoping for something else. They also talk a lot about how the 2 year old mind works (and doesn’t)- and that we need to emphathize with our kids more to see how they see it from their perspective. I try to remember this when I start feeling my blood boiling- and it works sometimes so I can calm down before it escalates. I just want to be more consistent about it and try to find humor in the situation more often.