Living Daily Gratitude is a journey that I have been on for close to a decade now, although I didn’t know it at first. These days, gratitude fills many of the moments in my day and helps me to reframe even the most mundane tasks. I am learning every day, and even though I call myself the Gratitude Guru, I’ve got a long way to go.
Gratitude tip: Living daily gratitude is a journey without a destination, so you might as well enjoy the ride.
As for the second part of my blog title, my daughter had a major meltdown today while we were on a play date. I often have trouble finding gratitude in the moment and I want to be a good parent, even if it means doing something she doesn’t like. I threatened to leave if she didn’t calm down; she didn’t, so we left. She continued in the car, so I went back to WalMart to return a few things I had bought her earlier. She continued in the store. When we got back to the car, I offered her water and somehow, that calmed her down. She told me this was all because she was thirsty – a 35 minute tantrum because of thirst? Makes no sense to me, but that’s what she figured out. Interestingly, she understood why I returned the purchases and hasn’t asked for them since. Lesson learned?
As a parent, it can be really tough to be in a state of gratitude when your child is acting out. What I try to do is that once she has calmed down, I work on letting go of my own anger and frustration as soon as possible. I know she has already moved on, so I do the same. For the most part, this approach works for us.
What do you do when your kids melt down, especially in public?