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August 2

   
If children are a part of our relationship, there are probably times when my energies are taken up by disciplining them, or trying to find ways of handling their "wrong" choices. Sometimes those situations may leave me angry, frustrated, tired, or with other feelings that I don’t like.
  When that happens, I may also find myself resentful towards my SO if I feel they’re not handling their fair share of discipline problems, or if they’re giving the children more leeway in some things than I like.
  Whenever I feel dragged out or resentful, it may help me to look at how "I" react to other people’s expectations of ME. Do I value their encouragement? Do I resent it when they try to get me to do what they want "or else"?

Just for Today
  Today I’ll look at my children as "little people" that are learning special things about life, instead of someone that I have to "keep an eye on". I’ll try to find solutions to our differences by expressing my wishes, and giving them the same freedom to express theirs, and work together with them to find the best solutions for all of us. That is bound to improve EVERY relationship I have in the family.

A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune. I suffer whenever I see that common sight of a parent or senior imposing his opinion and way of thinking and being on a young soul to which he is totally unfit. Cannot we let people be themselves, and enjoy life in their own way? You are trying to make another you. One's enough. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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