|This is all that is left...|
You might be wondering how my "orange" was the past couple of days. Well, I can say that I went the last FOUR days without yelling! Oh, wait, does it count that the kids were with my parents three of those days? Hmm...that's kinda like cheating isn't it. Guess my jar still sits rather empty :( BUT, I did go yesterday without elevating my voice above a three! I caught myself a few times and took a deep breath and repeated in my head, "They are just little kids, they are just little kids" and was better able to handle correcting them in a calm way. Let's hope I can earn another orange "love bead" today. What do you do to keep your calm in those frustrating moments with your children?
Update: This afternoon I went to Hobby Lobby, picked up these oranges beads and made a bracelet to remind myself to think before I yell. (All beads were half off by the way, so I only paid $1.99 for the strand.)