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The Simple Reason Why This Mom Stopped Yelling At Her Children

August 21, 2015 2 min read

Raising young children has it's moments. There are moments of pure joy mixed in with the inevitable chaos. And sometimes, there are moments that test us. They test our patience, they test our strength. When our 3-year-old says she wants to pour the cereal herself and it ends up as a sea of Cheerios on the kitchen floor - they test our sanity. When we feel frustrated, we sometimes crack and become what we never wanted to be. As parents, we raise eyebrows at the mothers in the grocery store who scream at their young kids for what seems to be nothing. But how can we judge if we have been in their shoes at least once before? Writer Rachel Macy Stafford was one of those mothers. Yelling had become her go-to reaction for every mishap her 3 and 6-year-old girls got themselves in to. [bctt tweet="The Simple Reason Why This Mom Stopped Yelling At Her Children"] "Excessive phone use, commitment overload, multiple page to-do lists, and the pursuit of perfection consumed me. And yelling at the people I loved was a direct result of the loss of control I was feeling in my life." Rachel explains. But Rachel hit a point where she knew she needed to regain that control. After witnessing her daughter become visibly fearful of Rachel's wrath after spilling a bag of rice on the floor, she knew she couldn't meet tearful eyes with angry shouting. "With deep sorrow, I realized that was not the mother I wanted my children to grow up with, nor was it how I wanted to live the rest of my life." Rachel says. Slowly, she began curbing what made her extra stressed in life. She traded screen-time for playtime, and she let go of her attempt to be 'perfect'. This helped her anger subside and her stress level lower. "Peace builds bridges — bridges that can carry us over in times of trouble." Rachel explains. What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with yelling? Source: Family Share  

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