I yell. A lot. Not as much as I used to. I’m not mean. But still…
I have always justified my yelling by the need to be heard. With so many young kiddos running around – being loud, being kids – I need to be louder.
I don’t like to yell. I startle my children. Yelling makes me feel like a bad mom.
After a particularly rough day this last weekend, I did a quick search for tips to control my temper. I found the Orange Rhino Challenge, created by a mom of four boys, and was impressed and humbled by her dedication and persistence. She’s already gone 405 days without yelling!!
I can do this. I can go a day. A week. A month.
Will you join me?
Rhinos are tenacious and vigorous animals who are naturally peaceful, but display aggressive behavior when provoked.
Wow. That’s me alright, minus the vigorous piece. I definitely don’t have the mental strength or energy. If I did, I wouldn’t let myself charge with my “words” so frequently! I am totally a Rhino. But I don’t want to be aggressive; I want to lose that and gain the vigorous part. I need more warmth and energy. Clearly, I need a little more of the color Orange in my life especially since it also conjures up feelings of determination which I am most definitely going to need more of in order to conquer this challenge.