Children should be seen and not heard
Whoever said this pearl of wisdom never had children. We would never advocate silencing a child but how do you get them to shut the hell up?
We have three children. Our daughter Jeannie will be 16 in a week. She can talk endlessly about such fascinating topics as how much milk a cow produces and what name a certain singer is going by at the present time. Our five year old, Bobby, will talk about any subject regardless of understanding. Our favorite thing he does is tell us we’re lost and proceed to give us directions. Our youngest, Ricky, prefers to communicate to song with wild renditions of “We will rock you” or “Hey Ho Let’s Go”.
On any given day this is no big deal. We’ll usually laugh at the silliness of what they say or revel in learning more trivia about bovines. However, when the day is tougher and the nerves are shot, patience for chittering goes out the window. Of course there are also those biological induced fog days where it becomes impossible to not react to anything incessant.
So what do you do? One idea is to give yourself a time out. No, we don’t mean punish yourself but the concept of timeout was created to be used for kids who needed a minute or two to regroup; think their actions through. So time out to a corner of your place and take a few deep breaths. The act of breathing deeply also relaxes you by increasing the intake of oxygen, releasing endorphins and tends to relax the muscles of the upper torso.
If that doesn’t work, remember that you are bigger than them and you control time and space. Decide its bedtime, find something frivolous to watch on T.V., grab a drink and relax with your partner. You may have an alcoholic beverage but do not overdo if you really had a shitty day since that will only compound it. We would suggest any programming that allows you to feel superior to the characters. That’s a built in day booster right there.