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Friday, September 16, 2011

It's isn't personal

Yesterday morning, I awoke early and showered before getting the kids up at 7am. I was pleased with myself for being on the ball and prepared to take Anna to her dental appointment later that morning. So, I surprised myself when I suddenly blew up at Iryna for getting out of bed during the night and emptying her dresser drawers full of clothes all over the floor. I went from happy Jill to livid mama in a matter of seconds! How can this happen? I  spoke harshly to Iryna, which drew tears, and then I proceeded to get her ready for school. Before the bus came, I called her over to me and snuggled her for a few minutes. I felt so awful for my behavior. Then I read this article. It really made me think about how I view my children. Iryna didn't get out of bed and make the mess to make me upset. She wasn't out to make more work for me - although that is how I felt when I saw it. I hope that I can remember this article next time I have that knee-jerk reaction to my kids.


MoserUpdates said...

I have to tell you that I find myself in the same boat often. Be encouraged that you're a normal mom. :) Hugs!

Melissa said...

I did a similar thing today too. I get sooo frustrated when my kids have recently been waking up unnervingly early so I don't get any time to myself for scriptures, etc. Then I blow up at them because I'm so darn tired! I find myself telling them, "why you so crabby!? You woke up too early!" I know I shouldn't say things like that but thanks for sharing this article, it will give me a new perspective.