I wrote a post a couple days ago about the yelling that has been going on in our home. The post was specifically in regards to identifying my “triggers”  – the things that are SURE to set me off time and time again. After identifying those triggers, I must say, things have been a tad better around here. I’ve been, in many cases, able to diffuse situations before they escalate into yelling because I recognize the trigger that is about to set me off. Has it been perfect? No. Have I still caught myself yelling every once in a while? Yep. So there is still lots of room for improvement.  As I was doing some more reading over at Dirt and Boogers, I came upon this post that recommends the use of a very simple tool to help you quit yelling. So I decided to try it out.

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Just like the suggestion over at Dirt and Boogers, I cut out some hearts to tape all over my house to remind me not to yell at my children. But I took it a step further. I added some of my favorite verses to each heart to remind me of WHY I don’t need to yell. Some of the verses are warnings, and some are encouragement, and some are reminders of what my job as a mom is really all about.

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I put the hearts in places that I look often (the kitchen cabinet, the pantry, the wall with the magnet board for school, my children’s bunk bed…you get the idea). By placing them in obvious, central places in the home, my hope is that I will see the orange hearts and be reminded (with a visual reminder and scripture) that yelling at my kids is not ok. And that it’s neither necessary or useful. If nothing else, perhaps I will begin to memorize some of these verses that I have been meaning to memorize for ages. Win, win, right?

I made twelve hearts with verses. I printed them on orange paper because orange is Doc’s favorite color, and he seems to be the one who gets the brunt of my yelling. If you’d like to make some hearts for your home, you can download them HERE. The file is also editable, so if you want to switch out the verses (or erase them all together) feel free.

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 If you decide to download the files, please let me know how they work for you. I’m really hopeful that this will be a great visual reminder for me to get my attitude in check. I hope it works for you too.

 

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2 Responses to A Tool to Help You Quit Yelling

  1. Sheri says:

    I love the scripture part of this. That is genius. A mantra I tell myself is that raising the decibels does not change the meaning of what I have asked. I raise my voice because I did not follow through the first time and now I am irritated with myself. Try playing mommy says instead of Simon says. I have noticed that it has really helped my children listen the first time I say something. Plus it makes it more fun and its hard to yell while you are having fun.

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