What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?!

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Do you ever really stop to ask yourself this question? When the unexpected comes up, do you immediately throw your hands up in surrender and give in to the stress of the moment? Maybe you, like me, don’t have to.

For those of us who may be a little controlling at times, sometimes a way of keeping things in perspective can be helpful. Just as for kids, catchy phrases that help us remember things even as adults can be useful, and even helpful. For me, a phrase that often applies is, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

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I used this principle even today as I was running late to pick up my daughter and then had a child who needed a complete bath after a diaper mishap so I would be even later. I found my blood pressure starting to rise. Using this phrase is on the way to becoming a habit so it didn’t take me too long to ask myself, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” The answer to that was, she would have to wait while talking to friends. Not really a big deal.

Then, I ended up talking with another mom who is in a similar phase in her parenting journey, bouncing ideas off one another about a couple things, which made me unable to run an errand I had planned right after. “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”  I asked myself. I quickly realized that I could combine that errand with another errand I would be running later in the day. Not really a big deal either.

Finally, with all the errands that ended up taking me longer than planned today I got behind schedule and wasn’t able to make the dinner I had planned. “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” I have to make something from this stash or this stash. Again, no big deal.

Are you sensing a pattern here? It doesn’t always work as there are times that I have to have a little temper tantrum episode when my blood pressure starts to go through the roof, but for the most part I am able to head that off at the pass. Most times as I sense myself getting a little flustered…that little flitter in my stomach, some heat rising to my face, my heart starting to beat a little bit faster, I simply a ask myself this question. Almost in a reflex type action, I seem to rather quickly come up with a solution to whatever has gone wrong. And since I tend to be a bit on the controlling side, rare is the day that I don’t get to apply this at least once.

This is a great phrase to instill within our kids, too. Especially with teenaged daughters who think the world is ending if they can’t find their favorite lip gloss. Not that I would have any of these types of daughters in my home or anything. Generally, I find that if it is a catchy little phrase that gets an eye roll as a reaction, it is something that resonates with our kids. Therefore, you’re on the right track and should keep using it 😉

If you find yourself needing some coping skills when handling your own temper tantrums episodes, come up with a catchy phrase of your own, or feel free to use mine. Because after all,

What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?


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