We all have our not-so-proud parenting moments. Lately for me it's been yelling. You see, my threenager Charlie is generally a really sweet and cooperative kid, but over the past few weeks he seems to have lost his ability to hear or follow a simple direction, like put on your coat, at a vulnerable time in my day, when I haven't finished my coffee and we're already running 5 minutes behind schedule.
Yes, it's 6:55am and I'm losing my sh*t on him.
I yell, he finally listens, and then I feel absolutely horrible. I ask him if we can hug it out, and I once caught myself asking him if he still loved me (cringe). Of course he said yes, and then forgot about the incident a mere 30 seconds after it happened, but I on the other hand obsessed over it for my full 40 minute commute.
As moms, you can't help by wonder sometimes if the things you do might severaly impact your kids for life. Will my occasional yelling result in him not be able to effectively communicate with his future romantic partners ? I laugh as I write this. Probably not. I know I'm a good mom about 95% of the time, and these little blips of lost patience will not hurt him in the long run.
So fess up ladies, what's your thing? Do you also yell? Do you pretend to use the bathroom so you can scroll through your Facebook newsfeed? I promise, you're not the only one.