As soon as we become parents, parental stress becomes a part of us. It’s natural to worry about the people we love. But when it comes to kids, since we are the ones raising them and teaching them everything, we worry more. Learning to manage anxiety is important to bring out your best as a parent. If we can’t handle stress as a mother, it affects our energy and the ability to function healthily. Mom anxiety affects not only us but our kids too. It’s hard for kids to live with a parent who has anxiety. So for our own sake and for our kids, let’s learn how to deal with stress as a mom. 1. GROW AWARENESS The first step in dealing with stress is becoming aware of it when we experience anxiety. Anxiety manifests outward as headache, stomach pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, insomnia, and other sleep issues. If…

Children, like adults, have the inherent need to belong and feel significant. When they don’t feel belonging and realize that they matter, they react through different ways of misbehaviors. Do you often wonder why your child misbehaves even after disciplining and teaching so many times? Well. Repeating yourself verbally many times is ineffective and is bad training. You need to get to the root of their behavior to understand the real causes. So, why do kids act out? Kids act out when they have unmet needs. As said earlier, needs include physical and emotional. Physical needs include nutritious food, shelter, good sleep, clothing, etc. I think most of us are aware of their physical needs. Emotional needs include love, attention, and freedom to choose and be. When these needs are unmet, they do not know to say it directly. They express it through “misbehaviors”. When they misbehave, what they actually…

The best way to solve a problem is to prevent the problem. The same can be said about clutter. If you do all the decluttering only to bring back more of it, what’s the point right? After you do the major decluttering task (or minor), how can we stop accumulating clutter again? Here are some tips. FORM GOOD DECLUTTERING HABITS The best way to prevent clutter from accumulating is to form daily decluttering habits that prevent clutter accumulation. Let’s see what those good habits are. 1. LEARN TO DEAL WITH THE TEMPTATION The number one reason we accumulate stuff is that we are tempted by the next cute thing or the next big hyped thing. Most of the time, we don’t even need those items. We buy stuff just because they are on sale and think we saved so much money. But in fact, we just spent some money that…

Making mistakes while decluttering can slow down the whole process. We declutter to reduce the overwhelm of having too many unused (or useless) things and thus to be able to live in a clean home. But making the following mistakes can affect the success of your decluttering process. Let’s see how you can avoid these mistakes and finally find the peace you are looking for in your living space. **This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through my affiliate link** 1. STARTING DECLUTTERING WITHOUT PREPARATION If you don’t make plans before starting the decluttering, you may likely end up with a mess you don’t know what to do with. Before starting with an area, find out what all do you need to deal with the clutter. Estimate whether you can finish the project in the…

Less is more. This can be applied in many areas of life. But this is especially true in the way we interact with kids. I mean, it doesn’t mean you interact less with kids. But if you find yourself you are a lecturing parent who has no set limit on the number of words you use while disciplining kids- pause and think. Does lecturing really work? How do our kids react when we lecture? Chances are they start tuning you out, roll their eyes, and may even repeat the undesired behavior again another day or even worse- they don’t stop doing what they were doing despite the lecture. WHY DO PARENTS LECTURE? Most of the time, parents start lecturing when children make the same mistakes again and again and children do not seem to get “why it is wrong”. And out of frustration, we may believe talking non-stop will help…

Kids are the most curious creatures ever. My 6-year-old can never stop asking questions. Even though sometimes it drives me nuts, I realize it’s a good way to get to know about people and the world we live in. And an amazing way to get to know your kids better is to ask questions to them. I don’t know whether it’s because I have less and less time now to be curious and make questions up, I find a list of good questions to ask kids useful. As part of your daily connection time with kids (if you don’t do it already, I highly recommend it!), I like to take this list and ask funny and thoughtful questions. It always ends in laughter or some light-hearted moments. And the fact is when kids grow up, they might not talk as much as they are now. It might get harder to…

Becoming a parent is a huge milestone in everyone’s life. It changes our life irreversibly. After becoming parents we need to dedicate a lot of time and resources to kids. But does that mean we should lose our sleep over raising kids and hover around them all the time as if our world revolves only around them? Such a way of parenting is called helicopter parenting. The term helicopter parent was coined by Foster Cline and Jim Fay in 1990. Helicopter parents hover around their children like a helicopter, monitoring every move of theirs and giving constant directions on what they can do and what they cannot. Keep reading if you think you exhibit signs of being a helicopter parent and want to know how to stop being a helicopter parent. WHAT CAUSES HELICOPTER PARENTING? Fear. Though there can be various reasons why parents decide to hover over their kids,…

A few months ago, I started noticing how my mental health has been on a decline after having kids. I pondered about it for some days and then I realized why my stress is running high. I was not doing too much for kids. But I was going a bit high on the controlling side. I realized maybe I exhibit some signs of being a helicopter parent. I was constantly worried about things like, if they are having too much screen time, too much junk food, etc, and hovering above them to make sure they are not doing this, that, etc. Then I reached a point where I couldn’t take it anymore and then I realized I am not the only one who is suffering, but my kids too. They want their freedom and I want mine too. Well, sadly, I realized I have a few characteristics of a helicopter…

As parents, we sometimes don’t quite get why we have to repeat certain things to kids a hundred times and they still don’t understand it. We think it is “disobedience” or they are being stubborn. Understanding children’s brain development can help parents to understand the underlying reason behind their behaviors, which will help us to support them and be more empathetic towards them. Approximately 90% of a child’s brain size is developed by age 5. But do you know when a person’s brain becomes fully developed? 25! The brain develops in a back to the front pattern, and the prefrontal cortex which is located in the frontal lobe of the brain is the last one to develop. Recent studies show that an adult thinks with the prefrontal cortex whereas teenagers think with the amygdala. WHAT DOES THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX DO FOR KIDS? The prefrontal cortex, which is situated in the…

Why do moms get angry? There are so many reasons why you could be an angry mom. And if you are a mom struggling with patience and want to be calm and kinder to your children, it’s helpful to find out what triggers anger for you. I don’t remember myself as an angry person before kids, but after having them I started losing patience easily. Little things started to irk me and I became more impatient than ever. Even my daughter started mentioning how angry I am. I started to get the wake-up calls. I started thinking about how difficult it must be for my daughters to live with an angry mom. That’s when I started digging deep to find out what triggers my anger. Though it’s impossible to control anger 24×7 as a human, we can definitely work on reducing it. I have found working on the triggers helps…