Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tantrums at Bedtime

What do you do when you are confronted with tantrums during bedtime?

This question is a bit tricky. Sleeping time and tantrums. Equals tired moms and very, very tired kids. Includes impatience. Frustration. A dash of urgency. A fervent prayer. For a quick compromise. Or else, explotion. Screams. Cries. Frustration, again. From both the tired mom and the very, very tired kids.

At least, tonight, I got to hold on to my patience. But my very, very tired kid continued her screams. Crying, and hurling her demands to hear another story ( I already read two books and told one extra story) before sleeping. And the tired mom? I let it go. I pretended to sleep beside her. Though inside me, I am ready to burst. It was not easy. Really!!

It helped to repeat a prayer. To do a bit of breathing exercises. To just relax. Because I know, in a few minutes, she would be asleep. Oh yeah, after 20 long minutes! I didn't know she still have so much energy after spending the whole day outside playing.

But, I also didn't know I would still have the patience not to give in to my temper. After a long working day! I deserve a pat in the back for that, huh :-)

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