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There are various types of labor. A person constructing a road is doing physical labor, whereas a novel writer who is typing, editing, and proofreading what they have written the entire day is doing mental labor. In the same way, the parents who calmly face the rude behavior of their kids without giving an extreme reaction to it are doing emotional labor. If your kids do not listen to you and you feel like shouting at them, but you don’t do that because you realize it will only make the matter worse, then you are basically doing emotional labor. It is a type of unpaid labor that drains your mind. Dealing with emotional labor can be difficult as it affects your mind, exhausting you and even making you feel depressed. However, we have shared a few strategies that can help you cope with this emotional labor in a better way.
Times may come when you want to slap your kid for not going to bed on time or for arguing with you, even misbehaving with you, but you must exercise restraint. Kids usually show their worst faces to their parents while saving the good behavior for friends. You have to absorb their rude behavior and harsh comments without giving any extreme reaction. The next time when your kid does not listen to you and you want to shout at them at the top of your lungs, just take a deep breath and let it all go. Consider it a price for having this beautiful relationship. There is no harm in meeting this negative side of your kids once in a while, but if your kids make it a habit to negate you, then you need to change your parenting technique.
It is very important to maintain your emotional health so that all the negativity your kid hurls at you every now and then does not affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Practice yoga and other similar meditations daily to calm your mind. Perform exercise and eat healthy food. Most importantly, stay optimistic no matter what.
It would certainly be a good idea to talk to the other parents and share your experience and problems with them. The feeling that you are not alone and that other parents are also facing similar issues can help you relax. You may get to learn different ways to cope with stubborn kids in order to minimize emotional labor. Learn from the experiences of other parents.
Share your frustration with your partner. It will definitely help you release the pressure. Your partner would probably understand what you are going through and lend you emotional support as well as work with you to handle a difficult child. After all, two heads are always better than one.