Someone told me once that it's a child's job to push boundaries, because that's how they prove their parent's love. It's their way of saying -
Are you paying attention?
Do you care?
Will you expend energy on me right now?
Do you love me?
Yes, I love you. Of course I love you. My life essentially revolves around you. Y'all are smart kids: perhaps we can "level" like adults and skip this silly dance? You know, where I set the boundary, you ignore, I reprimand, you blatantly ignore, I lose my mind. Repeat.
I know, I know.
Just had to get it off my chest. ;) And now I do feel better. They are children, and I cherish their precious ages. Their innocence, their insights, their "just right"-ness for this moment in time.
And also, it's been a week. One of those weeks where child-rearing has been a visceral, all-encompassing task. We're all stressed. I'm tired. I kind of want to give up.
And also, it's temporary. We'll get through it. But right now we're in it.
So, I turn to yoga.
Yoga for Exasperation
This quiet, grounding class has just the right amount of what you need. A little movement to rinse off agitation, deep breaths and mantras to help calm the mind, and juicy yin poses to infuse the spirit with a sense of calm surrender. Leave feeling renewed from the inside, and hence much more prepared to accept and manage whatever is outside.