I hate it when I yell at my kids. I hate to even admit I yell at my kids. This is what I have learned after losing it:
Yelling at my kids doesn’t make anything better.
- Never once, after raising my voice, has the situation gotten better, calmer, or more pleasant.
- Never once have my children thought, “Dads yelling. I better obey!” It just makes them more disobedient.
- Never once have my children felt more loved as a result of my yelling.
- Never once have my children respected me more after my verbal vomits.
Yelling at my children only makes things worse.
- I feel bad for doing it.
- My children get anxious and upset, which causes more stress and even more, you guessed it – yelling.
- I am setting a bad example for how to handle stress and emotions.
- It takes away the joy and peace of the household.
The best thing for me, when I get anxious and angry, is to walk away from the situation.
Not storming off in a rage, but rather excusing myself from the situation.
- When I walk away, it cuts the tension out of the air.
- It helps me get a better perspective.
- It helps my emotions idle down.
- It helps the emotions of my children idle down.
The same is true of any relationship; whether towards your children, spouse, or friend. Yelling doesn’t make things better, but worse.
I ask for forgiveness after I lose it. I tell my kids, “Sorry, dad messed up. Please forgive me.”
- I am teaching them the power of taking responsibility.
- I am teaching them the need to ask for forgiveness.
- I am teaching them that yelling is not ok.
“Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.” Dan Pierce
Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”