It's Friday again, and I just realized we are already half-way through July! Time is just flying, and I am running to even attempt to keep up with it.
I like to take some time on Friday mornings to focus on the past week, rejoicing in what was accomplished and what was successful. I also (ahem) think about the parts that could use improvement and try to work a plan to make that happen. Oh yeah, and I pray a lot too! :)
Last night I came down from giving the little angels their bath and reading them their bedtime story to find hubby cleaning the living room. He innocently asked me how the baths went, and I burst into tears. For those of you who may not know me that well, I do tend to burst into tears rather often. What can I say? I cry a lot!
Anyway, this particular time I was extremely frustrated with a certain little boy. well, that and the way I was handling that certain little boy. The Beast certainly has a talent for bringing out the worst in me! All day long he had been getting into things he shouldn't, and every time I spoke to him, it seemed as if I were talking to a brick wall. (all mommies of toddler boys are nodding in agreement). The problem was that word "spoke." You see, that rarely happened. "Talked loudly" might have been more appropriate. "Yelled" is the most accurate. And I was so frustrated with myself for yelling at my 2-year-old all day long!
"Why don't I have the patience that I have with my other two kids?" I wondered. "Why can't I remember that even though he is very smart for his age, he is ONLY 2 years old?? Why do I immediately resort to yelling with this guy?" I hated the look on his face when I yelled, and knew that it didn't "work" either. I felt like a bad mom, and all the frustrations built up in me until I cried and cried.
My hubby listened patiently as I vented, reassuring me that I am not a bad mom. I have never ever heard him yell at the kids, but he had no magic advice to help me with this problem.
So how do I stop this? How do I make something other than yelling my first reaction to my 2-year-old?
Please advise and encourage - this poor mommy needs it today!