I saw this on Kim's blog today and liked it so much that I decided to post the whole thing directly in my blog for everyone to read, rather than posting a link to Kim's blog. Do stop by Kim's blog, though, if you ever have a chance. It's one of my favorites and she is a GREAT mother--one I totally relate to and look up to!!
"Here's another great "Daily Groove" message that I found in my inbox this morning!
THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
:: The One-Body Principle ::
Suppose your right leg began twitching for no apparent
reason. If it persisted, you'd do something about it.
You might massage your leg or take some vitamins
that support nerve functions.
But you wouldn't yell at your leg or threaten to hurt
it! Nor would you ignore it and think, "It's the leg's
problem, not mine." Such responses wouldn't make
sense because your leg is a part of YOU.
Likewise, when your child's behavior seems
unreasonable, you can overcome the temptation to
react negatively by responding to your child as if s/he
were a part of your body.
Like the parts of your body, your child functions well
when you pay attention to his or her signals and,
instead of resisting those signals, you do your best
to honor and respond to them. There's no blame; you
just deal with it.
Today, imagine you and your child are like one body
and notice how that perspective affects your
Feel free to forward this message to your friends!
(Please include this paragraph and everything above.)
Copyright (c) 2007 by Scott Noelle
Thanks for the great post, Kim! It's something we should all remember when our patience is running short!