Sometimes my son pushes me over the edge. It's part of his growing up - he pushes his boundaries and learns the consequences of disrespect. My patience level - like all parents - varies. There are days when I can shake it off, and then there are days when I yell....more
Mom Tantrums. Yeah, it’s a thing. In the battlefield of parenthood, do you ever look around and think, “Who made ME the adult around here?” I wanted to lose it just about every day this week. But for the most part, I reigned it in. On several occasions, I had elaborate fantasies of how I’d like to lose it and what I’d do. ...more
I saw his teary eyes and my heart broke a little. He had been very, very naughty more than once in the last 13 minutes and I just had not been able to stay calm enough. I had been yelling at him like crazy. And it was not even the first time.
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.
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
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
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
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
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