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What’s Going On Over Here (Hint: Still Yelling)

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I feel like I’ve been M.I.A. for the last week, so I wanted to update you on all the fun, exciting things going on in my life! #NOT

Not much fun or exciting going on here, unless you count the fact that my two-month-old is sleeping through the night.

Shhh– don’t tell anyone or he’ll stop doing it! I actually am really excited about that, but I know all too well that a child’s sleeping patterns can change on a whim. So I’m kind of holding my breath here and just seeing how long it will last.

Speaking of how long something will last, I have completed twelve days of The 30-Day Shred so far. I did Level One for ten days and then I moved onto Level Two, my personal favorite level of The Shred. If there is such a thing.

I finally gave up on using the leftover Easter ham yesterday and tossed it. Sorry, Mom! I did use about half of it for a quiche, but never got around to making split pea soup with the rest.

I read a few interesting articles over the weekend. The first one is all about Scientology and the lengths taken to keep Tom Cruise (a major source of money for the “religion”) happy. Definitely check it out in Vanity Fair if you have some time (it’s kind of long).

The other intriguing piece was “6 Words That Will End Picky Eating.” I have a three-year-old (almost four) who is extremely picky. It’s probably my fault, since I catered to her. Scratch that. It’s definitely my fault. I let her get away with having special meals or just eating snacks for too long. I’m really curious to see if the tactics from this article actually work…I’ll let you know.

And in other “Parenting Screw Up” news, my daughter (the three-year-old) has been yelling. At me. And speaking very rudely. It caught me by surprise the first few times, because she sounds exactly like me

Oh dear. 

In case you haven’t guessed, my big New Year’s Resolution to stop yelling hasn’t exactly panned out. Although, I haven’t put any more holes in the wall.

Now that I see the repercussions of my yelling (that my kids will end up being just like me), however, I’m ready to give it another go. A real go.

I’m going back to my original plan of following the Orange Rhino day-by-day method and reading a little of Dr. Laura Markham’s Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids book every morning for inspiration. And perhaps the biggest step for me is to really just stop trying to do my own stuff when I should be parenting…the blog post can wait, Facebook can wait. 

So I’d better take my own advice right now, wrap up this post, and go pay attention to my kids.

Have a great Monday, everyone! Wish me luck trying to stifle my yells today. #SendWine

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  • Laura
    April 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    My 6yo yells like I do and I cringe every time she does it. I need to focus on stopping the yelling!!! It’s like I’ve created a monster!!! I’m on board.

  • Jill
    April 19, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I love Dr. Markham. It’s refreshing to see that facing struggles (similar to my own) in a light that doesn’t expect problems to disappear on their own. As much as I hate how being yelled at as a child makes me yell when I’ve gotten to the point where I’m so frustrated I can’t find any other “tools inside my tool bag,” it helps me try my best not to pass on the trait. I just wish I could stop obsessing over it every time the child in me comes out.
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