I am sure a few of you are familiar with the Happiness Project Blog. It's a great thing to keep on my RSS feed so when I am having it rough, I can click over and find some cheer.
Well today I was a mean mom. I yelled a lot. I feel really crappy about it too. "He's a kid... let him be a kid and don't get so worked up about it, Gina." I tell myself this, but yet I still find myself yelling too much and feeling way guilty for it.
This post helped me tonight (and a swift kick to the pants by listening to a conference talk on respect and reverence).
My favorite tip from the post is this:
8. Repetition works. A friend told me he was yelling at his kids too much, so he distilled all rules of behavior into four key phrases: “keep your hands to yourself”; “answer the first time you’re asked”; “ask first”; and “stay with us” (his kids tended to bolt). You can also use the school mantras: “Sit square in your chair;” “accidents will happen,” “you get what you get, and you don’t get upset” (i.e., when cupcakes are handed out, you don’t keep trying to switch).
Now I am on my way to get some sleep and wake up a better mom.