I've become someone I never thought I would be...a yeller...old
I've decided I'm not going to yell at my kids anymore and I'm stating it here in the blogosphere for the world to know.
I feel I must issue myself a challenge, so here it is:
I'm challenging myself to 365 days of no yelling.
Can I do it?
For many, many years I never, ever raised my voice with my children. I was pretty proud of that too. My friends all talked about what a patient mommy I was and I thought I had it all together. But then slowly I started becoming someone I didn't think I would ever be. I started getting loud. I started getting frustrated and angry more and more, and I started yelling. And once you get in that horrible habit it's hard to break out.
I could (but I won't) blame my yelling on all kinds of things... like stress, and anxiety, low blood sugar, and financial strain, depression, hormonal changes, moving, and ...teenage boys. I've never yelled at my young children really, it seems my yelling problem didn't rear it's ugly head until my boys reached the teen years. I don't ever yell at the little ones, but I have YELLED at my teenagers, and like it says at the start of this post...if I'm yelling I'm not parenting, I'm sinning. I mean, uh, hello...teenagers are going to make some bad choices, and mess up, and not take their schoolwork seriously sometimes. Yelling is not the way to handle these issues. I know it and you know it. Knowing it is one thing...
I will need prayer. I'm going to be praying, and asking my husband to pray for me also, and my kids too!
I will need to watch what I eat and pay attention to how much sleep I'm getting.
I will have to work on keeping things in perspective.
I will need to rely on the Lord for strength in times of weakness.
I may need to ask for some help.
I might have to go into my closet and yell at my clothes once or twice. You know that gum people chew when they are trying to quit smoking? Sort of like that. I'm going to try to quit yelling ~cold turkey~ but come on, let's be real...I could need a piece of gum once in a while.
So here's where it starts...
I've been mean and I've been ugly. I've said bad words and my face has been red. I've been loud, really loud. It's impossible to have a cozy home with a mad mama. So...NO MORE.
Today, June 8, 2013 begins my 365 days of no yelling. Beginning today I will no longer be yelling at my kids (or husband for that matter). NO MORE YELLING.
I want our home to be a warm and cozy and happy place and that means no more yelling.