I contributed another post to Her View From Home this week about mommy anger, failure, and learning to give myself grace. I hope you’ll give it a read! (And if it resonates with you, don’t forget to pass it along to other mommas!)
I failed today.
Today was going to be THE day. Just like yesterday was going to be the day. As was the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that.
The day I went an entire 24 hours without yelling at my kids.
In my defense, I went longer than I did yesterday. So, I guess that counts for something.
But not enough.
Because I failed. Again.
I reached my limit and snapped. I couldn’t take it anymore, and I yelled.
I thought I would feel better by releasing those emotions, but all I felt was regret and shame. And it didn’t even do any good. Not only did I act unkindly toward my kids, but I reinforced their already entrenched belief that they don’t really have to obey until Mommy yells. And I taught them that yelling is an acceptable way to get your point across.
But I taught them something else, too…