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Friday, October 5, 2012

Better Mom Day 5: No Yelling

If you're new to the 31 day series, over 1200 bloggers have chosen a theme they want to write about every day in October ranging from food or fashion to faith or fabric.  See the whole list atThe Nester.  I decided to focus on trying to be a better mom, and you can see my first post here.

Day 5: No Yelling
I stared at this blank post for a while today, wondering how to start it.  I have no funny story, and no way to really sugar coat it.  So I'll just come out and say it:  Sometimes I yell at my kids.  Ouch.  That's kind of painful and embarrassing to admit at the same time.  

What's strange is that I wouldn't say that it's part of my personality.  I rarely got riled up with friends and family while I was growing up (I don't know--maybe my siblings have different memories...)  What is it about being a mom that can make me happier than I could imagine and more frustrated than I could imagine?

My kids don't deserve that.  They're wonderful, and I want them to know I believe that.

Having identified this as something that I'm actively working on, what are your suggestions for keeping your cool and not raising your voice with your kids?



3 comments:

  1. Remembering that our kids will misbehave - act dumb, make bad choices and they are depending on us and our ability to act like grown-ups! ARG - it is hard!! I have become much better at keeping my cool, but I do get frustrated too at times and lose my cool. ScreamFree Parenting was a great book that started me on an incredible journey!

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  2. Hi Steph, it's perfectly normal. I remember I did the same thing when my children were young.
    Just take a deep breath when you get stressed.......breathe.....
    Don't beat yourself up . Children, sometimes know how to push our buttons.

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  3. I'm loving this series! I think we all could work T being a better mom. My 'wake up call' was seeing My daughter yell at my son using the same words and mannerisms that I used when yelling at her earlier in the day. I just think of that whenever I need to remind myself to keep my cool.

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