As a mom, I'm learning I have to forgive myself pretty quickly. I am learning that I have to be able to let go of my pride and let the submissiveness of a child engulf me.
Last night I was putting Daxton to bed after not having had a break all day. My patience was wearing a little thin so I got over anxious with Daxton and snapped at him. Being the sweet sensitive boy that he is, he started to cry, which caused me to immediately feel bad. At that point I decided to put into practice something I had learned long ago: start over and push the reset button.
I let go of my pride by sitting down next to him and telling him how sorry I was. Even after this, he was still upset. Wanting to end the night happy, I asked Daxton to tell me a list of 10 things that make him happy. This suggestion completely changed both of our moods. Making funny faces was the first thing he named. This, of course, led us to pulling all sorts of faces. The mood in the room began to be even happier and more positive as we laughed and laughed about some of the faces we came up with.
Daxton continued on till he was done with 10. After he was finished, I took my turn. I made a point to have each thing that makes me happy include him in some way.
After this experience I really came to realize that we all make mistakes, but we can start over at any point of the day. I can say that I made a mistake or was frustrated at 7:34, but that doesn't mean 7:35 can't be the best moment of the day. Starting over is better for everyone as it helps make the rest of the day good.