It’s a fact. Our children from difficult beginnings have a bucket of need they carry around with them in their hearts. It may seem like a bottomless bucket, and your own bucket is getting on the empty side trying to fill it up. When it feels like that, take heed. You need to get your own bucket filled up somewhere else, so you can feel rejuvenated to do what you need to do another day.
Regulation Is The Key
What do you do to fill up your bucket? Come on, slow down a second and really answer the question for yourself. Make a list. What rejuvenates you? What pleases you? What gives you rest? Peace? Solace? Soothing? Regulation?
If you don’t know this list, backward and forward, you are not paying enough attention to your own needs. You can only go so long with an empty bucket before you resent, resist, and refuse to fill the bucket of your child.
You Have To Do Something For Things to Be Different
Come on, write down your list. Once you have it written, share it with your partner or a friend so that person can help you do something for yourself every day. Oh yes, I did say every day. You need to be doing something for yourself every day in order to de-stress and stay in regulation mode with your kids.
That’s it for the most meaningful advice I can give you about healing the hearts of children from difficult beginnings. Parents matter, and in order to have the level of self-regulation you need to be a regulating force in your child’s life you must take action every day. Just do it.
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