We all get cranky and tired and why wouldn’t we – with busy lives day in and day out. The whole purpose of our existence is relationships; with ourselves and of course others. Therefore, it is worth trying our best when times are tough.
Here are 10 ways that could help if: you got home from work and the house was a mess, dinner needed to be cooked, homework had to be completed, sport training attended, squabbling to sort out, phone call to answer, clothes washing to be done, bed times adhered to, etc.
1. Take a deep breath before speaking (no matter what you hear or see or feel or sense).
2. Tell yourself to speak calmly and no one means to upset you.
3. Think of a time when the person, you are now cranky with, did something wonderful.
4. Say the matter can be dealt with at a later time.
5. Sit down for a minute and stop what you are doing.
6. Remember people have feelings and we must treat others how we want to be treated.
7. Say you are not repeating yourself rather than getting cranky at the same thing being asked twice or several times.
8. Stick to your consequences regarding behaviour management. Ask children to make good choices and tell them their behaviour is negative – not them.
9. Ask for help to tackle the night time chaos.
10. Be grateful everyone is at home and safe. Remember to praise where possible.