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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?


  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!

  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.

  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.