Here’s the affirmation of the month: It’s hard to listen to whining! No one will argue with you on that. In moments of frustration, tell your toddler that, and don’t take the whining personally.
Sometimes we feel like we can’t complain about motherhood. But we can describe it. If someone asks how it’s going, you shouldn’t feel guilty about making a truthful statement like “It’s hard to listen to whining” or “I wish he could tell me what he wants.”
So when your baby is screaming her head off and you want to say, “Would you please shut up?!” instead try giving her a more thorough explanation. “I’m trying to watch Jon Stewart on the DVR, and I cannot hear what he is saying over your shrieks!”