TBT: It’s Tough to be Eight (or Four, or Twelve)
“When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business.”
It is easy for parents to forget what it’s like to be a kid. It’s easy to forget what it’s like being small, or feeling as if no part of your life is up to you.
Here’s a tip: the next time one of your children is battling you in a seemingly nonsensical way, (e.g. pitching a fit for no reason), try a little empathy:
“Wow, seems like you?re having a rough day. Is this one of those days where it’s just tough to be eight?”
He may not automatically respond in a way that you’d like, but he’ll definitely get the impression that you’re trying to understand.
And that can sometimes make all of the difference.
Peace begins with pause,