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How does one deal with a child that is so full of emotion that it is constantly invading your state of being? 

Maddox was born screaming at the top of his lungs and has not stopped screaming since.  He has the highest highs and the lowest lows.  He is brilliant, by the way… sidenote 🙂

Most mornings we start our day with some type of crying situation whether it be that daddy is at work already, he doesn’t like the clothing he picked out the night before, he doesn’t want to use the potty, the list could go on and on.  It is a rare morning that we don’t have a difficult time at some point with transitioning from one thing to another.

You would think after almost four years of parenting my “spirited child” I would have found a way not to let his emotional highs and lows seep into my state of mind.  I still find that his mood impacts mine and I am sure vice versa.  This can also apply in general to the people in our lives.  Of course when it is your baby, you get that much more emotionally involved.

How do we set our emotional state of mind in the morning and keep with it despite how others are experiencing their day? 

I got my Masters degree in psychology but was so aware of the impact of others emotions on my personal wellbeing that I chose not to pursue a career as a therapist.  Funny how back then I was so aware of it, and yet as I am navigating through this journey of parenthood I still find myself so affected by my sons emotions to the point where it sometimes seems practically impossible to care for myself adequately.

As a parent, how do we learn to separate ourselves emotionally from our children and still give them the love and attention they deserve?