Sunday Reading: Parenting (but really it’s about life)

Sunday reading

HAPPY SUNDAY! They day of church, lunch with friends, and whatever else that may happen. This weeks theme ended up being PARENTING! But these articles are not just for parents or about them but I think are a good commentary on attitude, stress, and thoughts for anyone. Enjoy!

The part of parenting we are to scared to discuss by Wendy Bradford @ The Huffington Post- “Rage in parenting is not something we talk about. It does not garner the empathy that sadness or apathy does. It is not passive, and it has innocent targets. There are bad parents and there are good parents, along a spectrum. The good ones have bad moments, but those don’t move outside what we can accept as “normal.” No one is perfect. We all lose it sometimes. But what happens when losing it crosses the line from frustration to rage?

I am not talking about abusing and hurting children — when we know a child is being hurt, we must act without hesitation. What I am describing is the buildup of resentment and a loss of control that many “normal” mothers experience but can never safely discuss. It’s too ugly, and the risks are enormous. What will my friends think if they know what I’m really like when I’m angry? If I talk to someone, they may take my kids away.”

Decrease Your Stress By Ditching Those Discretionary Burdens by Beth-Anne Jones @ 4 Mothers – “Examples of discretionary burdens include: staying up late to bake birthday cupcakes for your child’s class or hand-sewing Halloween costumes or volunteering for a cause that isn’t near and dear to your heart.

It’s one thing if you feel re-charged by baking, it’s another thing when you’re snapping at the family, (“I am so busy!  I HAVE to bake these cupcakes and I just can’t get the exact shade of blue for Grover’s fur.  WHO ate the candy eyes that I just spent an hour crafting?!?  WHO!?”) instead of handing out store-bought candies, or passing entirely on the in-class celebration.”

What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent — And What Makes A Great One by Steve Henson @ ThePostGame.com – “Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.

Their overwhelming response: “I love to watch you play.”

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