8 mantras you need to survive motherhood

When the going gets tough, you just need a bracing catchphrase to get you through those rough days.

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Parenting is hard work. Children bring us joy and laughter, but they also spark our anger and frustration. It is easy to be a good mother when our children behave well, but it’s way more difficult when they test our patience and challenge our sanity!

When you’re at your wits’ end, on the verge of tears or about to combust, repeat these mottos to yourself. Mantras help calm you down when you are highly stressed or upset.

Breathe deeply…

…and count to 10 when things get too much to handle. Clichéd as this may sound, it does help you get a handle on your emotions. It makes you pause and think, so you can respond more clearly or react to the situation in a level-headed manner.

This is just a phase

The wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-for-milk stage, the teething phase, the tantrum throwing chapter, the Terrible Twos and Horrible Threes — remind yourself that all these are just stages in their life. They are indeed annoying and emotionally draining for you, but they aren’t permanent. Your anger and frustration will pass, your tot’s meltdown will end and both you and she will be grinning from cheek to cheek…in time to come.   

Fight one battle at a time. Your child will behave better when you are willing to meet her halfway.

One battle at a time…

School’s about to start but your child is only half dressed. Picture this: You are ripping your hair out trying to get her to school on time, yet she insists on donning her princess gown and high heels to school. Do you fight two battles now — dress fast and right — or just pick one issue to tackle? For the sake of your sanity, fight one battle at a time. Your child will behave better when you are willing to meet her halfway. 

Kids will be kids

Spilling juice, making a mess everywhere, screaming in the background when you are on the phone, or asking the same question for the nth time — these are just some of the daily minor frustrations that frazzle your nerves. However, that is what they are — minor. Remind yourself that they are children, not adults, so junior IS expected to make mistakes and messes. It’s all part and parcel of growing up. Let kids act like kids, so they’ll enjoy themselves while they explore and learn.