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.
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 1:48 PM