|the smiles I always want to see|
When my oldest was born, I had lots of patience. Up until I got pregnant with Mr. K, when Mr. J was just shy of 2.5, I had yelled at him twice, and it was to STOP in a dangerous situation. I was great at distraction and ignoring if need be - and understanding that he was ONLY 2.5, and did things that kids do.
Unfortunately, when I got pregnant with Mr. K, I lost all the patience I had. I am not sure if it was me being hormonal or what, but I started getting frustrated easy and my voice got louder and louder.
When I read THIS post today, it really struck a chord with me. I nodded my head at pretty much everything the author wrote.
Today, I am making a change. I am going to consciously make an effort not to yell. Today was a great day - we had a few hiccups throughout, they are only 3 and 6 of course, but I managed to keep my cool while dealing with the situations, and they diffused pretty easily.
When I turn to yelling, the kids get rangy - honestly. The more I yell, the louder and more wild they get. Today, that didn't happen (well, they did get pretty loud but they were just having fun!)
Will you join me on my journey of change? What are some tricks you use when your kids are not listening or behaving as you want?