by Jessica Satkunasingham, LMSW
Have you ever had a difficult day with your children only to have them give you a hug and a kiss and say “I Love You” at the end of the night? I can guarantee that the day was probably worse for you than it was for them. As a parent, all you want for your children is to provide them with a safe and loving environment, but sometimes our own emotions get in the way.
At the end of the day your child(ren) won’t remember if you yelled at them in the morning because they didn’t listen while getting ready for school. What they will remember is the fact that you put down your phone and spent 20 minutes playing with them in the backyard or helping them build a train track or even helping them with their homework.
Most parents are too hard on themselves and believe that they need to be perfect or that they need to keep up with the Jones’, but a child just needs their parents and caregivers to be authentic, loving, and caring. That guilt or anger you feel at the end of the bad day is something that many parents struggle with. It’s time for parents to free themselves from the guilt that is affecting them and begin to live in the moment with their children. If you want help or support to do this, feel free to give me a call so we can connect.
And Remember, Tomorrow is A New Day.