As a gift for my dad this Father's Day (an odd gift, I know, but trust me, it's a good one), and as a way to offer hope that it isn't too late to stop yelling, I share this story with you.
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I'm not perfect, but I am a person and I would like to teach them how to be just that: real and open and unafraid of the mess of humanity.
Sometimes the yelling is funny, sometimes it's maddening and it's almost always (heaven help me for this confession I'm about to confess) annoying.
The old me would have handed out a mighty dose of blame and shame, but never an apology. But things are different now. Thank goodness, things are different now.
I want to be patient. I ought to be understanding. I've lost so much, but I'm flipping out over the littlest things. I don't have to scare her to get the job done.
A new Wall Street Journal says that three out of four parents yell at their children once a month. I say four out of four parents are liars.
My child would not have learned this empathetic response if I had remained a yeller. Because yelling shuts down the communication; it severs the bond; it causes people to separate -- instead of come closer.
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After all four of my boys burst into tears, I decided enough was enough.
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