Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother. A mother's hug lasts long after she lets go. Motherhood, the hardest job you'll ever love. So many quotes to describe the magical world of women. Whether you are a biological mother, step-mom, aunt, caregiver or anything in between, the happiness of children is what its all about.
Mama Bear is a sweet term to describe the fact that we'd tear apart and eat the insides of anyone who hurt our dearly precious ones. It is hard to put into words the feelings that come to those with maternal instincts when wrong has been put upon those we love. How do you control the sudden insanity that can come over you at times like this? I, for one, hate confrontation. Usually I bite my tongue then rant to my poor sweet husband then move on. A handful of times I've let my freak fly and expressed my discontent. I am pretty positive that the majority of moms have experienced the Mama Bear syndrome when our children are treated unfairly, I decided to read up on the subject.
The Mayo Clinic has listed 10 ways to "tame your temper" and help one to stay in control when conflict arises. These will come in handy when you are ready to go seven different types of crazy.
1. Think before you speak.
2. Clearly express your concern
3. Get exercise
4. Take time out
5. Identify solutions
6. Stick with "I" statements
7. Don't hold a grudge. (this one can be hard, especially if it keeps happening)
8. Humor releases tension
9. Practice relaxation skills
10. Know when to seek help.
The true goal of managing our anger when Mama Bear rage presents itself isn't to suppress feelings, but rather to understand the message behind the emotion and express it in a healthy way without losing control. Sometimes we can express all the healthy emotion we want and nothing will correct the problem but at least we know that our grizzly was tamed during the conflict and we set an example for our cubs.
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"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents." -Jane D. Hull
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