Day to Day: How To Keep Cortisol Levels Down
Trapped in the world of endless Facebook newsfeed scrolling, I came across the video clip of Neil deGrasse Tyson entitled “How to Raise Smarter Kids”. In under 3 minutes he discusses how parents get in the way of a child’s natural inclination to science. I find myself thinking back on this video near daily since I’ve seen it. I feel like this should be one of the exit videos parent’s watch before the leave the hospital with their newborn. Somewhere in between the visit from the lactation consultant and the ‘don’t shake the baby’ talk, this 2 minute and 36 second clip should be played.
Remembering the words spoken and perspective offered in this video I’ve successfully navigated and managed to downplay several instances that would of previously shot my cortisol levels sky high put me on edge.
Like watching my daughter proudly
make a giant mess invent her own drink by spilling mixing weird combinations like chocolate coconut water and mango juice.
Or choosing not to argue with her when she declared the trash can lid absolutely would slide down the hill even if there was no more snow. Instead of telling her “no that won’t work” I said “wear dark colored pants”. When she came back inside
covered in mud to share the results of her experiment, I could have a conversation with her about friction , instead of an aneurysm over needing more stain remover.
And every time I involuntarily twitched at the
abrasive sound of metal measuring cups bashing clinking together by a happy baby, I was able to almost smile as I repeated “lesson in acoustics, lesson in acoustics” to myself.
I can now
with relative consistency replace phrases like “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT???!!!!!!” with ones like “why would you do that?”
Do you want in on some of this amazingly new outlook? Take 2 minutes to watch this video:
Now I just need something equally as effective when one kid has a meltdown in karate class (30 seconds after I pay for the month), while the other kid repeatedly passes “silent but deadlies” loudly stating “EXCUSE ME!” every time in case anyone missed where they were coming from. #seriouslyhowdoesathreeyearoldsmellthatbad