Here’s How Wearing Rubber Bands On Your Wrist Can Help You Be a Better Parent
If you’re a parent, you knows the days are long but the years are short, and so is your patience at times. You’ve lost your cool at times, we get it. But now there’s a positive parenting hack making the rounds that might just help stressed out parents take a step back for a bit.
All you need if your wrist and five hair ties or rubber bands (and you know you have a drawer full of both).
Here’s the deal:Each day, you wear five hair ties on one of your wrists. If you yell at your child or are unkind in some way, you move one of the hand ties to the other wrist. The goal is not to move any of the hand ties to the other wrist, but if you slip up, you have to do five kind, loving things with your child to make up for the one outburst.
Mom Shauna Harvey explained it on her page:
“I’m going to be using this method until it becomes a habit and basically turns into an auto pilot ritual,” Harvey told Parents, adding, “I’ve found myself so incredibly stressed out, I beat my head against the wall daily because I don’t understand why my four year old insists on being disrespectful and a non listener. I was to the point of crying at least every other day.”
The idea originated from blogger Idealist Mom, and more than 500,000 people have read her post.
“As parents, we crave a healthy, connected relationship with our little ones,” she said. “But in the chaos of modern parenting life, we can get frustrated easily and that puts a strain on our relationship with our kids.”
“The hair ties are a simple, visible reminder to catch ourselves before we get off track,” she added. “And because we’re human, it’s possible to ‘earn’ the hair ties back to repair the relationship after we slip up.”