• Jen Miller

Watch for Ripples...

Updated: May 18

There are many types of ripple effects we can create in our homes. Ripples can be words, looks, actions, or moods. They can either be encouraging, positive, inspirational, or negative. As parents, we strive for the ones that are positive rather than negative. Any family member can start a ripple, and we cannot control how others react to the ripples sent out. We only can choose how we respond to the ripples headed our way. If you can get ahead of a negative ripple before it infects everyone, then you can keep it from traveling to others.

Let's look at a situation that most families have in the morning. It's time to get up for school, and someone doesn't want to wake up yet. What happens when a child wakes up in a bad mood? The ripple effect begins, and usually, it's not a positive one. Their crankiness begins to ripple through the house touching everyone in their path. Before you know it, everyone has been affected, and you have become a member of the ripple, too. Now everyone is angry, and they take that feeling with them to their next destination sharing it with those they meet along the way. They may also bring it back home at the end of the day.

One of my favorite kids' books that explains the ripple effect of a bad mood is called The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket. It is perfect for reading to 4-8-year-olds. This book clearly illustrates how a bad attitude can move from person to person.

What can parents do to keep negative ripples from crashing throughout their homes? First, know what triggers your child. Have an established bedtime routine in place. Make sure they are well-rested and fed. Maintain a morning routine for them to follow. Start their morning by sharing your positive vibes, whether it's a hug, kiss, snuggling in bed with them, back rub, or a love note on their mirror. You know your child better than anyone. Figure out what works best for them. Have a conversation when they are calm the night before on what they need in the morning. Will you have perfect mornings from here on out? No. They will get better, and you will have some new ways to handle the mornings or future negative ripples headed your way.

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