I realized that my attitude can sometimes (let’s be honest, ALWAYS) increase the stress in our family’s atmosphere and make situations feel crazy busy when they really aren’t. I tell my kids often to “chill out” (product of the 90’s) and then I realized I need to chill!
By nature I’m pretty laid back and easy-going. I usually can let difficult or stressful situations roll off my back, but the longer I’ve been a mom the more tense and stressed I get when we need to get somewhere, get something accomplished, or multi-task.
My husband is a rice farmer and that means I solo parent often. This causes issues when I’m ready to delegate ( I love to delegate). So, because I can’t delegate responsibilities as much as I want (my kids are still young) I get really tense, stressed, and out of control when things get a little crazy. As mom’s attitude goes so goes the rest of the family’s- then we are in a HOT mess!
I can’t decrease every crazy busy moment that comes our way but I can check my responses. I can breathe slowly. I can smile. I can remember that it’s not the end of the world if we are late, missing shoes, and missing hair-bows. What matters is my attitude is gracious, forgiving, kind, and calm.
When I get stressed my body temperature rises fast and then the hair begins to FRIZZ! So, next time you see me and the hair is way FRIZZED OUT – tell me to CHILL!