We’ve all been there. You yelled at your child and now you and your child are both left feeling not so great. So what do you do next? You might worry that apologizing or admitting you made a mistake will make you look weak, that your child will think it’s ok to misbehave, that you won’t be seen as the strong parent figure. But in fact, it’s the opposite. Our children look to us to know how to behave, so it’s important to treat them with respect and teach them what it looks like to repair a mistake.
Salt Dough (4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 3/4 warm water)
Beans or Gems
These heart candle holders would make the perfect Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift. I personally like the look of them best when made with beans, but you could also use colorful gems. We’ve done it both ways and both turn out great.
When we tell our children “no”, their response is often to whine, complain, get upset, ask the same question again hoping for a different answer, ask why, etc. And it can start to feel draining to us parents (and to the child too). But saying “no” is a very necessary part in helping our children grow and stay safe. It also models for our children the ability to say “no” themselves, which an important life skill.