Self-editing is such a good thing.
So I begin my story by saying, I self-edit a lot. I have to, it’s part of my job, plus I have a husband and kids, so the ability to “keep it real” is not always afforded to me. This is probably why I have a blog. I carry a journal with me so that when I have an idea for a new blog post, I can write it down and write down the main points so that if I have the chance to type it out at some point, I can expand my bullet point thoughts into a new post for you all to see. So two weeks ago I had an idea, based off of an incident in my life that gave me ample dialogue for a post. I wasn’t able to type it out online, so I went to my journal. I furiously wrote my first thoughts down on paper and after finishing, I closed the book, hoping to write it out at some point on this blog.
I’m so glad I didn’t do that.
Because most of the time the first thoughts out of anger, aren’t the thoughts that actually need to be conveyed. What does need to be conveyed is the principle behind those thoughts. My main point that I wanted to get across? I don’t do fighting. I didn’t do it as a child, and I definitely don’t need to do it as an adult. I don’t encourage my children to fight. Fighting creates so much stress for all parties involved whether it be an office fight or a fight in the home, where the ramifications extend far beyond the principle characters. This is why.
Office fights can add so much stress to your home life. This Gallup study estimates that at least 450 billion dollars a year are wasted due to office fights. Nevermind the possible lawsuits from the fallout of an office fight, but it can also result in a lack of productivity and an increase in distraction. How can you concentrate at work if the only thing that permeates your mind is the reverberations from an office fight? Home life and lack of engagement with your family can result as well. Who hasn’t been in an office fight where all you can seem to talk about at home is what crazy drama happened at work? Trust me, you family cares, but not that much that it becomes the only thing you can talk about.
Couples fighting can lead to stress in children. This study by Parenting.com lays out why children don’t need to see their parent’s fight. Parental stress can lead to child stress and even if you don’t “mean to” do this to your children, it still can result in behavioral issues with your children. “The early childhood brain is disproportionately receptive to what’s good and bad in the environment,” says Rahil Briggs, director of the Healthy Steps program at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. “This is why a young child can learn a new language in a year. It’s also why stress in their environment is disproportionately impactful.”
So it got me to thinking. I care about my kids, I really do. After I had my first child, my entire world changed, and whatever I did, whether it be professionally or personally, I tried to do it to the best of my ability so that when my children were old enough to discern what mommy did and how she lived her life, they would be proud. Seeing their faces when I wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night gives me so much joy. I know I can’t take away all of the stress in my life, but I also know that in order to raise happy healthy children, managing the sometimes crazy in my life needs to be a constant priority.