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Friday, May 11, 2012

Stuck in a rut

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."  This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, although most agree it wasn't said by him.  Not to be taken literally (I don't think any of us are insane!), it has particular application for mothers.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and wonder why things aren't working out like we think they should.  The kids don't mind, we fight with our husbands over the same things, we feel overwhelmed.  When that happens, it's time for a little self analysis.  Are we doing the same things over and over again?  Is it effective?  If what we're doing hasn't worked in the past, it probably isn't going to work in the present or future.  Why not try a different approach?  Don't respond or react the same way that you usually do.  That will get their attention!  By doing something different, you throw off their usual response and force them to change theirs as well.  If you're used to yelling to get your kid's attention, try whispering or talking in a soft voice.  If nagging doesn't get you the results you want, try something else.  If you're overwhelmed, try saying no instead of yes occasionally.

Who knows, you just might find more effective ways of interacting with your children and communicating with your spouse.  At least, you won't be doing the same thing over and over...


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