As a new mom, I wondered many times if my baby was mad at me, but I never stopped to think about how he might be interpreting my emotions. For the most part, I gave him my undivided attention and showered him with love and affection. And on those days when I was angry about something, I never considered that he may be able to know I was upset. But babies are more in tune with their mothers than they get credit for, and many parents may overlook the habits that makes your baby think you're mad.
You don't have to be an octogenarian to be set in your ways. Without realizing it, you fall into habitual patterns of behavior that can send a message you may not intend. For a baby, picking up on and deciphering those messages isn't a foolproof process. Lines get crossed and, without meaning to, you can lead your little one to believe that you are mad. The truth is, sometimes you may be mad — and that's OK — but it's not clear whether or not baby thinks the anger is directed at them or someone else. For a glimpse into what your child may be thinking, consider how these six habits influence your baby's perception of your mood.