In January, I read My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word (affiliate link). It really challenged me to think about my life, and what I wanted to seek after for myself and my family. I chose the word “PEACE”. I mean, everyone can use more peace, right? And it’s a Fruit of the Spirit, so it’s got to be good…
The fact is, my life could use a lot more peace. I feel like I’m rushing around all the time, always stressed or angry at myself and everyone else… it makes me short tempered, and forgetful, and not fun to be around.
So. In a step to furthering my journey towards peace, I decided to give up yelling at my kids for Lent.
I’m going to let that sink in for a minute.
For the next 40 days, not counting Sundays, I’m going to endeavor to NOT yell at my children. This will be a huge effort, y’all, I’m not even gonna lie. Yelling seems to be my go to for making the kids listen. But I’ve noticed that they’ve started to yell back. And yell at each other. And while I’m not screaming at them, I know from my own childhood that it can’t be terribly encouraging to be yelled at every day.
Once I decided on this plan, I googled it (of course). It turns out, I’m not the only mommy out there to do this! I found some great resources for my journey:
Erin at Home with the Boys posted a great blog last year on giving up yelling for Lent: This Mama’s Lenten Journey: Less Yelling, More Praying. And her follow-up article on the verses she uses has been really helpful, too: Less Yelling, More Praying: Bible Verses to Pray.
I also love this post from Kat at Inspired to Action (for days when I don’t quite make the goal): What Goes Through My Head After Yelling at My Kids.
So – that’s my plan! I’ll report back here periodically through Lent and update on my progress (authentically! Both good and bad!).