#shareitsaturday / HELP: share your parenting tips for not going crazy!!

For today’s #shareitsaturday post we really need to hear from y’all!

It’s been a tough couple of days in our house.

Pair sleep deprivation with a baby that isn’t gaining weight fast enough and a mama that feels like a dairy queen – and you get two super stressed parents that have little to no patience.

Yeah. Pretty much THIS:

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Honestly, it’s hard to find the balance between feeling like all you do is correct and discipline your kids – to letting them just be kids – BUT not spoiled BRATS!!

As for our 2 little monsters, I mean kids, they just lost pretty much every privilege they’ve ever had and they are going to bed early tonight. We’re going to have a family pow-wow tomorrow afternoon and it’s time to set some new ground rules: the consequences of bad behavior that we will no longer tolerate and the reward for good behavior that will earn back the things and activities they love.

I’m also reminded that it takes a WHOLE LOT OF prayer to do this thing called parenting:

“You don’t have to do everything right as a parent, but there is one thing you cannot afford to get wrong. That one thing is prayer. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing you can do that will have a higher return on investment. In fact, the dividends are eternal. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.”  – Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around Your Children

If you and I could sit down tonight and have a cup of coffee (or maybe an entire pot of coffee would be fantastic!!) – this would be my conversation starter for us:

“What advice would you give other parents to keep from going crazy?
What worked in your home?
What did your parenting look like through the tough toddler/kid years?”

I would love to hear from you.

You can respond to this text message or email – and it will come directly to me.

You can even hop on over to Facebook if that is easier to leave a comment:

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Or as always, comment at the bottom of this post.

Your input doesn’t only help us – but all the other parents that feel like they’re going crazy at the moment 🙂

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4 replies to “#shareitsaturday / HELP: share your parenting tips for not going crazy!!

  1. Prayer – yes it’s important. Keep up with your relationship with Him. That still has to be the priority – and it’s ok to remind Him that He’s loaned you these wonderful children. So you need Him to guide you while you raise them.

    Consistency – whatever the “right” “wrong” “will accept” “won’t accept” are, whatever the consequences/rewards are – be consistent and united as parents.

    Take time for yourselves – I know you want to make sure the girls both get time from each of you as well so they don’t feel like the new baby has taken their spot – but make sure you are also taking time for yourselves individually AND as a couple.

    Take advantage of those around you that WANT to help – they’ve offered, but don’t know how to help. ASK them for help.

    I know you feel like you are falling apart, but I have no doubt that you are surviving this better than you think you are. And the ALL of the wonderful angels that you’ve given birth to are doing just as wonderfully.

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