Parenting is not an easy job and it does not come with a manual either. With the pressure of being a mum, it is not unusual to flip out in front of the kids. Sometimes the anger may be aimed at the child or it may be caused by other factors. Either way, it is a terrible experience for both parent and child. However, there are a few things you can do to remedy the situation if it happens to you.
Lashing out in front of the kids can be damaging
The most important thing for every mother to know is that lashing out in front of the kids can be psychiatrically damaging. Psychiatric studies have shown that when mothers express a lot of anger to their children often, the children end up being less empathetic. They become more aggressive and depressed with time and even perform poorly in school. Compared to children from less calm families, the anger undermines their ability to adapt to the world. Such children often end up in recovery rehabs for some form of addiction or behavioral issues.
As a mother, you are not only your child’s world but also entire universe. Everything they do is based on your direction and emotions. Therefore, constant expression of anger around or towards the child makes them feel less safe or at fault for the situation. The occasional meltdown is acceptable but constant anger around the child will definitely damage their emotional well-being.
How do you repair things afterwards?
Losing your cool is quite normal and happens to everyone. However, the most important way to teach your child a good lesson is how you regain your cool after losing. Your kid should know that everyone gets angry at some point but what matters is the repair afterwards when you cool down. The following are some of the ways to handle common situations that often arise when moms melt down:
Shrieking at the kids:
About 90% of parents yell at children often between the ages of two to twelve according to studies. Shrieking at the kids can be very hurtful and you can avoid doing so by visualizing your child as a baby during that hot-temper phase. Take a little time out or even go to a separate room and visualize how adorable your child was when they were a baby. Distancing yourself from the situation and recovering your cool is essential to avoid shrieking at your kids often. Remember; never blame your kids for your outburst. Admitting that you are wrong for yelling is crucial to repair the damage.
Arguing with your spouse:
Sometimes arguments between couples play out in front of their children. The biggest mistake to make is trying to explain to the child the ways in which your spouse provoked you into the argument. To handle this situation, it is important to assure your child that you have worked things out or will with their dad and apologize for yelling so they can feel more secure.
Arguing with strangers:
We all get provoked by strangers all the time, being cut off in traffic, honking unnecessarily or cutting line while you have been standing for hours. If the stranger is on the wrong and you lash out in front of the kids, do not apologize for getting angry, rather explain to the child that the person did something wrong or hurtful and apologize for the way you handled the situation because arguing and swearing is wrong.