I wish I’d known that meltdowns and explosions usually meant my kids were tired, or hungry, or bored or frustrated themselves. I wish I’d known that they needed an adult to help them find the words to express what was troubling them. But they sure didn’t need a frustrated adult.
I wish I’d known more about child development, brain development and behavior. I wish I’d known that growing up is a slow process. I wish I’d known how each development stage has its own way of seeing the world. I wish I’d known that most times they saw things very differently from me.
I wish I’d listened more to what was true about their hearts and spirits and personalities than worrying about what other people thought of their behavior.
SOURCE: Dawn Hallman, M.A., Executive Director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education, dallasparents.org
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