The “No Yelling” Challenge: Day 1

My name is Crystal, and I’m a yeller.

There: I said it. Although to be honest, I don’t think it’s as serious as it might sound. There are lots of far more serious bad habits that I don’t have. I’m not a couch potato. I don’t drink. I don’t gamble. And I never swear in front of the kids.

But I do get loud. I do slam things around when I’m angry. And I don’t apologize enough for it.

Confession is good for the soul, right?

We had a quick family meeting this morning wherein I announced that I was going to try not yelling for one full week, and that it would be nice if everyone else could try to do the same. I also told the kids that if they see me starting to lose it, they should say “Orange rhino!” to remind me of my goal. (I know that sounds lame, but it was one of the suggestions on the Orange Rhino site, so I figured it was worth a shot.)

Day 1 has not been too tough so far, but it’s not hard to not yell at the kids when they’re at school most of the day. Justin has had a few “I’m not doing that!” moments of defiance, but I managed to stay calm rather than get snippy, so that was a bonus. I’m supposed to be noting the times that make me want to yell so I can identify my triggers, but it’s been pretty smooth sailing so far.

We’ll see what the weekend brings…