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“Bark is Bigger than my Bite”

December 5, 2009 by  

7.75 times out of 10, I think I’m absolutely going to lose it at my house. This ratio increases specifically during the morning rush routine. 9.75 times out of 10 during said rush time, there is lots of yelling going on to get the kids out the door.  If I painted a picture of everything being perfect in my past posts (heh hemm, you know who you are), I have obviously failed at my goal. Let’s start over.

I scream. I scream at my kids. And, I flip out on them a lot. I scream so loud at them when they don’t get their shoes on (after I asked them 69 times to do so), I literally lose my voice. Any friend who talks to me 3 minutes after I finally get them buckled in the car knows this is true. “Are you sick?” they ask. My response?  “Actually I am… again. I don’t know what it is… must be the change in seasons.” How cliche.

9.75 times out of 10, that’s not the truth. I’m just plain embarrassed that I have lost my cool once again with the kids, that I fib.

At least I admit it, right? Anyone else lose it on your kids for absolutely no reason? Anyone feel like they need to check themselves into an anger management class (or Betty Ford) some days?

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2 Responses to ““Bark is Bigger than my Bite””
  1. Shy says:

    I only have 1 (child) and there are plenty of days when I lose my Sugar Honey Iced Tea with her. Not her fault really for not listening, she’s just reciprocating what I do to her and that IS half listen to her when she is asking me for somthing and then finally snap out of whatever I’m preoccupied with only to snap at her in exasperation, “YES and for the last time put your shoes on!”


  2. Melissa says:

    Phew! I am SO relieved to read this! I have had an awful week with my son (I too only have 1 child)! He has been acting out so badly (destroyed his room during “nap” time twice, many tantrums, not a good listener at preschool, and took off his diaper twice…once to pee on his floor and once to pee on my bed!)I literally have cried three times this week and told my husband that I feel like a failure as a mom. And to top it all off, he has started to studder!!! Which I am taking full responsibility for! I can’t help but think if I didn’t yell at him so much, he wouldn’t be tripping over his words. I know I shouldn’t yell at him, but in the moment, I can’t control myself. Then at the end of the day, I feel SO guilty because after all, I am the adult and he is a 3 year old, why am I letting him get to me??!! And I can’t get something out of my head that I heard years ago from Dr Phil (I swear I don’t watch his show, this is when he was a regular on Oprah), but he used to say, “fighting in front of your kids changes who they are”….ok, so if I scream at him almost daily, then what the heck does that do to him?!?!?!? I also remember my mom being really impatience w us as kids and I really don’t want Jack’s memories of me to be like Mommy Dearest! I am glad to know I am not the only mom that loses her cool regularly, just wish I could be a calmer mom…guess I found my New Year’s resolution:)


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