I asked last week about how you handle feelings that may come up during parenting. Looks like about 1/4 of the parents feel they are handling it well most of the time, and rest of us are all working on it.
I got more comments on this topic than ever! :)
Jaclyn: "just like my parents did for me - we feed those negative feelings with candy and chocolate to try and make them go away. we'll pay for therapy later."
Danielle: "We never try to fix negative feelings. They are there for a reason. We make sure to experience them and then talk about what helped them feel better"
Mary: "My kids would do the same. I always thought it was a personality trait but slowing realizing that it wasn't just my child. I wonder if it might instead have to do with being the first born?! They say how the order in the family affects one's personality and that first-borns usually have stronger personalities- not wanting to be a follower or the neglected one. It took me a while, as a single child growing up, to understanding that something that I see as so insignificant would upset my child and create all the ugly negative feeling that comes along(tantrums, nagging, and jealousy). "
Ha, speaking of birth order, My husband and I are both firstborns. We're both pretty strong-willed and competitive, and don't like to back down. Hey that got us thru grad school and some career achievements.
Unfortunately, what that also means is as a couple, we can often get into debates over, well, stupid little things. The other day we got into one about whether a job should be considered an alliance manager. (Yep, I told you it's stupid. :) After I cooled down, I wonder why it mattered to me at all what it's called.
Randomly I came across this article about a Christian wife submitting to husband that at first repelled me, and then utterly fascinated me. Something it said struck a cord with me:
I spent nearly the first decade of my own marriage "fighting for my rights" with my husband. I criticized him and bossed him around... I made a practice of letting him know his failings on a regular basis, expecting his behavior to change. My methods made him feel defensive, and damaged our relationship.
No I'm not Christian. Yet I can also see my methods aren't helpful with my husband. Can't argue with reality... I decided a new experiment is in order.
Well, I've tried not arguing back for a week now, and it has been a very interesting experience. :) A few things I learned:
I soon realize holding back's made things more peaceful at home. I wouldn't walk around with bad energy after some arguing and release that energy later. ;-) And vice versa.
So yeah, I learned you can affect a lot of change in the hubby just by changing self. I haven't told my husband about my plan at all and I'm not sure if he consciously noticed anything. But we argue less, there's less of that negative energy, and more positive one. ;-)
Poll: How often do you argue back with your spouse?
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