How do you all keep your patients of steel, that you have to have at school, at home

Patricia - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have such a hard time keeping my cool at home after a long day of biting my tongue! I think that I either give my children too much freedom at home, or I'm yelling at them all the time. I need to find a way to balance it all. Any suggestions?

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Gina - posted on 04/11/2010

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It's funny you say that, because before I started working as a teacher, I think I was a lot meaner to both my husband and my child. I found that having to learn how to bite my tongue at work really helped me to be more gentle at home. Also, I go to all these training initiatives that they send us to as teacher about discipline and love an all that goodie stuff, and I actually manage to use some of it at home. It works a lot better with my 5 year old than with my high schoolers.

Patricia - posted on 04/10/2010

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my oldest is with me @ school, Now that I think of it, that may be my problem, I am NEVER alone!

Lorri - posted on 04/10/2010

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I work in a high school and have two young ones at home. I find I am much better with them if I have a bit of time to myself in between work and home. Even if its just sitting at my desk afterschool grading papers, I am much nicer when I get home.

Patricia - posted on 04/06/2010

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I'm trying, believe me, I'm trying. We have some good days and some bad days too! My 8 yr old son has ADHD and is very difficult at times, but I don't want to medicate him. Although, some of his anger issues are starting to wear off on my 4 yr old. They mostly have to be separated. Sad.

Ursula - posted on 04/06/2010

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From one teacher to another. Treat them as humans, not your children and give them the same respect; Fair play; and love them for accepting you as their teacher of life skills.

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I have the same problem, but I completely agree with Laurel, but who has the time there is so much to be done and never enough time. How do you make dinner and spend time together. Crock Pot meals, planning and have special times to spend with each child during the week. I know it is tough, but the alternative is yelling and high blood pressure. My children are 3 and 4, I have started using these ideas and although they are still young I can see it will work, eventually!

Laura - posted on 04/02/2010

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Give yourself some down time when you walk in the door-----just a couple mins. may help.

Laurel - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have a similar problem, I work with special needs children all day and then when I come home to my 2 typical children, I feel like I expect them to do certain things, like clean up after themselves, get in the shower-not play run-around the room naked while the shower is running, put their cereal/dinner plates in the sink, typical things 11 and 7 yr olds need to learn to do. I feel very frusterated some days and just hope that the next day I won't be too hard or expect my kids to be perfect children. Maybe try to do something with the kids after you get home, like a board game, or something fun the kids like to do. I am not sure on the ages but just spending time with them when your not rushing around, really makes everyone feel happy.

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