I Gave Up Yelling at My Kids for Lent

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[Editor's Note: As we're in the midst of Lent, I've been enjoying reading the different things that people -- especially parents -- are giving up. I really thought that Katie and her husband at Intentionally Katie came up with a good one: giving up yelling. I like the rules that they set up and I'll be interested to see how it turns out. Did you give up anything parenting related for Lent? -Jenna]

No More Yelling:

tangled thoughtsLast night, Mike and I were talking about what we could give up for Lent (no, we're not Catholic and yes, we still do Lent) and Mike couldn't think of anything for himself. I asked him if there are any bad habits that he'd like to stop. If it takes 30 days to make a habit, certainly he could get out of a habit during the 40 days of Lent!

He suggested that he'd like to stop yelling at the kids. And by "yelling," he really means "raising his voice." Mike hardly ever actually yells, but speaking impatiently to the kids and raising his voice to get his point across is more frequent now, with the daily stresses of his new job.

I liked the idea so much that I decided that we'd do this together as a family. This morning, we laid out the plans for the kids.

Photo Credit: abbydadams.

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