If there is one thing that many parents have in common, it’s that feeling of stress and a distinct lack of patience. The good news is that these are things you can improve on. As a mother, it is our job to create a nurturing environment for our children, but as you know, life can take its toll…

So, how can we try to minimize the stress and learn to be more patient? I’m sure that’s the question many of you ask yourselves everyday! At Girls Knock Life, we have developed a list of our five top tips for mothers to be less stressed and more patient.

1. Remember that they are not doing it on purpose

Sometimes it can seem like our children are trying to irritate and annoy us, just for the fun of it! But we promise you, this really isn’t the case. Children are just curious and mischievous by their very nature. Yes, you may find their behavior a little on the irritating side, but the truth is that they are simply just having fun and being kids!

2. Think about what you expect from them, it may need changing

We all want the best from our kids, however, sometimes this can be to our detriment. Of course, no-one wants a child who is naughty or rude, but it is how you define these bad behaviors that you need to think about. Sometimes it can be all too easy to think that your kids should be 100% all of the time, but we all have off days, even our children.

3. Take a deep breath

Feeling like you are 2 minutes away from exploding? It is a good idea to take a step back and try out some deep breathing. Not only will it allow you to gather your thoughts, but it will also help you to calm down and de-stress.

4. Think about the source of your stress

We all get stressed out, work, finances, relationships all of these things can contribute to stress in your life. However, none of these things are your kids fault. When you are feeling stressed out and you are snapping at your children, remind yourself that it is not their fault. They have absolutely no concept of all the things that happen when you are a grown up and they wont until they are also an adult.

5. Enjoy your time

Life is hard, however, our children should be a source of happiness in our lives. If you are feeling stressed out and that you simply cannot cope, then one thing that you can do to try and improve your mood is to spend some time together as a family. Watch a movie, play a board game, go for a walk. All things that will help you to unwind and remind yourself of all the great things in your life!

As you can see, even the most stressed out and impatient parents can improve their mood and make sure that they are best parent they can be!