Surviving a Toddler Meltdown

Hello friends, and welcome. I hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you!

Today is going well over here. After jogging, I pulled weeds from my garden. I think the weeds around my tomatoes are too far gone for me to worry about. Guys, they are intense!

I’ve also been spending the day with my little ones, and I finished up an Etsy order. It has been a perfect summer day!

This afternoon several of my children decided to explore our woods. It was almost dinner time, so I told my three-year-old that we needed to go look for them.

Lo and behold, they showed up while I was getting him ready. Since it is hot out there and the air quality is poor for sensitive groups, I told him we were going to stay inside.

A major meltdown commenced! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could easily reason with an upset toddler?

Well, I sure can’t. It took at least 15 minutes for him to calm down.

It was just a small hiccup in our day, and over time I’ve learned a few things about these situations.

Talking down an upset child makes me a better parent. It would be really easy for me to lose my cool too, but that wouldn’t help anything. Actually, that would make it worse! Every time I keep my cool during these scenarios I become a better parent. I need to model self control for my children to see.

Being calm helps my children to learn that they can be calm, too. How will my children know that they have the ability to regulate their emotions if I can’t regulate my own? I think it is so important for us to model the behavior our children need to see. In the moment, they need a calm, loving parent more than anything.

God uses everything for our good. Even toddler meltdowns. If I see these times as opportunities to become a better person, I will welcome them! I’ve discovered that usually these times are more for my benefit than for my son. Parenting is sanctifying!

Above all else, I see this as an opportunity to love. To be peaceful. To do good. And to show my children that this is possible even if they are upset.

I am absolutely not a perfect parent, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. But I am thankful for each opportunity to become a better person and mother.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends.

Blessings, Nicole

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