I hate when I scream at my kids. It makes me feel like the worst mom on the planet.
It usually happens at the end of the day when I’m exhausted and spent and can’t handle one more tantrum or whine or sibling brawl. It usually happens when my husband is out of town and I’ve been doing it ALL, all by myself.
After I yell, I always feel terrible. I beat myself up for losing my cool. Because yelling mom is not the mom I want to be. I want to be happy mom. Loving mom. Good mom.
One night the kids were messing around and refused to get into the bath. It had been a loooooong cranky day. It was getting later and later. I was getting angrier and angrier. Finally I blew my lid. I screamed. Louder than I ever have. The kids were stunned. Scared. And I was mortified. There’s got to be a better way to get these kids to listen, I thought.
Enter Amy McCready, a “recovering yeller” and the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. She started following me on Facebook and caught my attention. I checked out her Facebook page and I loved the positive, non-judgy approach she had towards parenting.
We started chatting and she invited me to join one of her positive parenting webinars after she saw a post I wrote about yelling at my kids called, “Love, Mommy.” I took the webinar and loved it. I learned why my kids don’t listen. I learned tricks to get them to listen. It was awesome.
Amy offered to do a free webinar for all of us here at MyLifeSuckers and I thought it would be awesome to share her info with all of you. It’s called “Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling.” That’s what I’m talkin’ about. The techniques are good for parents of toddlers to teens, so it will be relevant for a lot of us.
The original webinar is over. But you can register to take another one any time with this link:
The webinar is a free hour-long class on Amy’s techniques and you can register to take a longer paid course afterwards if you want. Let’s do this!