Lesson for Week 2: Triggers

So, I’m late with posting my thoughts on week two of the 31-Day Positive Parenting Challenge. This should’ve been up on Sunday however life happened and Tuesday was a better day. So, here we are. Week two was another doozy where I lost it, found it, patched it up and tried again, and again, and again. The most important lesson I learned was that I have very pronounced and lively triggers. Triggers, how many of us have them? I know I’m not alone with this. Hello? Is this thing on? *taps mic*

Ahem.

Since this is my blog and I have to share I figured I’d list my top triggers that try to prevent me from parenting positively. Here I go (in no particular order.)

  1. Sleep deprivation
  2. Hunger
  3. Answering 10,000 questions a day (whether at home or at work)
  4. Lists (I need them to get stuff done, but they make me batty in the meantime.)
  5. Cooking (Everyone wants to be in the kitchen with me. Why??)
  6. Having deadlines (whether at work or self-imposed)
  7. Trying to finish anything when my kids are awake
  8. Saying the same thing over and over
  9. Folding and putting away laundry (It just stares at you until you do it.)
  10. Unfinished projects (Yes, those stare at you as well. Sigh.)

Welp. That’s a lot to overcome, no? The good news is that I’m becoming more and more aware of my triggers and can sometimes catch myself before I react. Yay! I’m learning and growing and trying my best to apply the knowledge I receive. I can honestly say that I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made so far and look forward to the day that I can naturally parent from a positive place. I’m getting there.

Your turn. What are some of your triggers? Feel free to get them all out in the open. Judgment free zone is in full effect! Boom, pow!

P.S.  I just started reading the book How to Talk So Your Kids Can Learn. I originally began reading it in preparation for our first year homeschooling, but it’s offering little nuggets of wisdom that help with this challenge. Check it out if you’re so inclined.

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