Yes, you read that right. I have come to realize that having a two year old will increase your faith. I pray more now than I ever have. While this is funny, I am being very serious. Everyday I find myself praying more and more about each situation, in my desperate attempt to not respond in anger and to better understand why in the world he is doing whatever it is he is doing at the time. I have learned a few things through all of this.
1. Pray for the child in the morning. Before your day even starts pray, even if it is a quick prayer.
2. Pray before you respond. Now this one is tough. Many times you will need to respond quickly, but say asking for the right attitude and the right way to handle whatever it is that the child has done.
3. Pray for the child at night. I pray with my babies before bed. I thank God for our day and I ask help for the next.
4. Pray for yourself. This may be the most important! We as parents need to make sure our response is appropriate, timely, and effective.
I know these things sound very simple, but believe me. I have found if I do not do one of these things, my day is terrible. I am reminded of the verses about "soft answers" and "not provoking to wrath." I am so relieved to know I do not have to go through this alone. We have a Heavenly Father is the perfect parent to carry us through this difficult time.