Mommy's Turn

As a busy parent, you've learned to make bits of time for yourself. But sometimes it's hard to get important work done or finish a phone call because the kids want your attention.

Fortunately, even small children can learn when to give Mommy a chance to get things done, and you do not need to feel guilty about it. Telling your child that it is "Mommy's turn" teaches them that you get to do take turns just like they do.

You do not have to limit yourself to just work around the house or phone calls to take your turn either. If your child is interrupting your conversation with another person it can be a great way to gently remind a child that they are interrupting.

Once you are ready for your child, it is simply a matter of letting them take their turn. Most children will have to learn in daycare or school about taking turns; so why not take advantage of that or teach them early?

It can be easy to feel guilty about taking your turn. Many parents seem to feel almost as if they're doing something wrong if their entire day is not dedicated to their children. Not only is taking your turn practical, but it teaches your child a little discipline in waiting for their turn.

It's hard to know these days what you're supposed to be. So many parents are made to feel guilty if they don't dedicate their entire life to their children, have them in enough activities and so forth, that they never get to practice their parenting skills (especially the skill of saying "no") and their children never get to play just as children. There's simply too much to do to keep up with today's expectations of parents and children.

Always remember, it's not about being your child's best friend or playmate. It's about being the best parent you can be, and that means teaching them what they need to know and giving proper discipline.

 

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