Written by Jennifer Haler
The other day this was the text message I sent to my husband, “Uuuuuggggghhhhh, this day is just uuuuuggggghhhhh.” Did you ever just have one of those days?
I have had enough of those lately that I feel like the saying should be “Did you ever just have one of those months?” We have had a lot of things going on lately. Some is draining mentally, some emotionally, some financially and some draining physically. It would be easy to let it drag me down, and sometimes it does, but I find that when things like this happen I always think back to when my oldest, now 12, was around the age of 2-3. (Holy smokes! That was an entire decade ago.)
Like all little toddlers she was learning to deal with frustration in appropriate and inappropriate ways. One of the techniques she developed to deal with feeling aggravated is, to this day, my absolute favorite. Whenever she did it I felt like life would be so much simpler if adults were allowed to deal with irritations in the same way. If adults were allowed to be this free with expressing their annoyance and then be able to move on, it would be a wonderful thing. This technique worked every time. Unfortunately, only children are allowed to express themselves so freely.
What is this master plan? What is this amazing technique for releasing pent up energy? It is a very easy three step method and takes very little time to learn.
Here is the tried and true Toddler Frustration Release Method.
1. Become annoyed, irritated, vexed, etc. at someone or something.
2. Stick out your tongue and give a nice big raspberry. (This is the most important step.)
3. Continue about your day as normal since nothing is bothering you anymore.
Note: For those of you who are unsure of what a raspberry is, I will explain. It is when you stick out your tongue and make the “ttttthhhhhhbbbbttttt” sound.
Now, you may laugh but give it a try. It totally works. It releases all that irritation and lets you move on to other things. It is truly freeing. I have done it, on a few occasions, although I always wait until I am alone. As I said, only toddlers can get away with this in public. But sometimes if feels really good to just let out a nice big raspberry and then move on with your day.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the next time the car breaks, the pipes leak, the traffic is crazy, you get parked in at the store, someone yells at you for no reason, you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your dog vomiting (yeah, that happened recently too) or any of the other multitude of things in life that could cause you to become annoyed, you could just give a nice big raspberry and then continue on with your day?
The next time you become upset; don’t hold in your frustration. Find a quiet spot and let it go with a resounding “ttthhhhbbbbtttt.” You’ll feel better, I promise.
As they say, “Out of the mouths of babes.”
So have your kids taught you any unique habits? I would love to hear about it. Write a comment down below.
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