How Losing My Temper Turned Into an Unforgettable Lesson in Forgiveness

I lost it today at lunch. Like, frickin' lost it. I knew it was happening too. I could feel my frustration reaching a boiling point. I kept thinking, "Kelly! DON'T DO IT!" But I yelled anyway. Then when my toddler started laughing at me, I yelled some more. Just to really show him who was boss. And I instantly wished I hadn't. As much as I would have preferred to handle the situation with calm and grace, I didn't. ...more
ohthesimplejoys It really is amazing how their hearts are naturally so open, loving and ...more

I Scared Them with My Yelling

I'm honestly not sure why I'm even writing this post. Sometimes for me there's something intimidating and yet freeing all at the same time about putting something into concrete words. But this time maybe I'm needing to say it out loud to hold myself accountable to do something I'm honestly not sure I can do on my own.So here goes…....more
Thank you for putting this out there. I grew up in a yelling home and an abusive one. I never ...more

10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids: Blog Review

The other day I received an email from a mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine....more

Preschool Pointers - 22:Stop Yelling, a How-To

Problem:You're (by which I mean I'm) a yeller. You've somehow conditioned your children not to hear you unless you turn the volume on eight. This is no good. They don't like being yelled at and you don't like yelling, but they just don't respond any other way. How can you retrain them? (and yourself?)Solution:...more

Do you yell at your kids too much?

Everyday at least one person searches for something like "how to stop yelling" or "I yell at my kids too much" and then clicks on the blog post I have presented below.Everyday. ...more

Still Waiting on That Family Contract

At the beginning of May I talked about how I was failing at disciplining my kids.  I decided I was going to sit down with my husband and create a family contract that would help us better discipline our kids instead of just yelling.  I had wanted to have it up the following week, and if you search my site you will see it never happened.Continue reading on Long Days, Short Years...more

I couldn't find my son...learn from my mistake.

82 days down , 283 to go.Dear Orange Rhinos,One day on vacation last week I had the fright of my life. I couldn’t find my 5.5 year old son. Below is my story. I share it with you so you can learn from my mistakes and hopefully not have to experience the gut wrenching fear that I did.The Orange Rhino…*...more

Yelling makes me feel better, Part 2!

Dear Orange Rhino readers,Given the response to last night’s blog I feel obliged to share with you a story B.C. (before challenge). What I am about to share is embarrassing (at least in my eyes) but I share it with you for two reasons: 1) to show you that I was indeed a yeller and 2) to show you the power of The Orange Rhino Challenge, how it has changed me....more

Yelling makes me feel better

Dear Nasty Lady at the Restaurant,It was so nice of you to make fun of my husband and I while we were in ear shot. Thanks, I really appreciated (and needed) that. Looking back, you inadvertently taught me that I have changed and that yelling really doesn’t achieve a thing. So I guess my thanks is genuine. Darnnit. I really didn’t want to say anything nice regarding you.Blech,The Orange RhinoP.S. 61 days without yelling at my kids! 304 to go! *...more
OK, yelling would have been a little extreme but I wouldn't have sat this one out. I don't think ...more

Too many "Oopsies" Don't Make it Right

24 days down, 341 to go!Dear Day 24,Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for being so kind and taking it down a notch because quite frankly days 20, 21, 22, and 23 have sucked. No, that is putting it mildly. They have been miserably depressing and horrifically challenging to the point of me wanting to give up on The Orange Rhino Challenge and blogging all together. I *think* I’ve turned the corner, I hope so!Cheers,The Orange Rhino*...more