How to Be a Patient Parent

Want to become a more patient parent? Change how often you lose your cool by approaching frustrations in three steps. First, identify how you’re feeling and name it, such as, “I feel angry.” Next, imagine the situation from a new perspective so you can change your emotions. Finally, connect how you feel with how you think, syncing step one and two together. Author M.J. Ryan has a suggestion: Put a pebble in your pocket. When you feel irritated, move the pebble from one pocket to the other. It interrupts the anger cycle and gives you a chance to regain your cool.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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