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Sunday, December 8, 2013

I love you when you're angry, I love you when I'm angry

It's easy to get weighed down by the chaos and lack of sleep when you're a working parent. Sometimes I get frustrated and do not react as I would when I'm thinking clearly.

It is very important to me, though, that my children know I love them even when I am frustrated and angry. I also want them to know that I love them when they are frustrated and angry.

When my 3 year old is having a particularly rough time, I remind him of this. I'll tell him, "I love you when you're angry, sad or frustrated. I love you no matter what." When I'm in a bad mood, I'll remind him that I am frustrated at that but I love him no matter what.

I've found that having these discussions helps him to deal with situations better. Who doesn't feel better knowing they're loved no matter what?

I've also discovered that he can talk about his feelings easier. He has words for different emotions and feelings.

That helps us all to be able to work through situations that might bring out those feelings.

I hope my children know every day that they are loved and I will support them no matter what.

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