One of my good friends reminded me of something I had written on the whiteboard inside my pantry. BREATHE!
Jack is an emotional boy. He feels others’ pain so deeply. Sometimes his emotions are so intense and raw that I feel at a complete loss. I feel like I am somehow failing; that I should be able to do something, but I just don’t know what.
After one particularly challenging morning I wrote the following on the whiteboard inside my pantry. I wrote it there to remind myself.
Acknowledge his feelings
Set the limits
Give him choices within those limits
This became my mantra until I knew it off by heart. Before all else, BREATHE!
~ Janet Lansbury and the work of Magda Gerber have been profoundly influential in our parenting journey. I am thankful for their guidance on a daily basis.