It was a long day with the kids.
Zoe got mad and threw something that hit me in the face.
That’s what triggered it but not why I cried.
I cried because sometimes it’s really hard to parent my kids.
My story is…
- They’re explosive.
- Fighting happens. Often.
- School gives them a hard time.
- They never stop moving. Or taking. Or whining.
- They are very needy.
And that is just exhausting.
That’s the story that took over as I cried in my room.
Self-defeating thoughts included:
“This is too hard.”
“I’m not good at this.”
“They’re so hard to parent.”
“Why can’t this be easier?”
Those were the feelings that swept over me.
But not for long.
I know not to believe and buy into the thoughts that don’t serve me. I can use them as fuel to make positive change. In this instance, to create some boundaries with Zoe around how she treats people.
But I can’t let stressful thoughts spiral out of control. Or they’ll start to define me. They’ll define us.
“It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Aristotle was right. When we know how to let the thoughts that don’t serve us pass us by, we can find more peace. And love the people closest to us.
This is powerful work we’re up to.
Feel it. Honor it. But then don’t believe it.
Choose the thoughts that empower you and support your growth. They’re always available.
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