I do not recall me having a snappy tone of voice growing up but once I became a mother I noticed how quick I am to get on edge if the kids mess something up or do not obey as quickly as I'd like. If??? I mean WHEN. So, I've really been praying and giving every effort to remain calm with my kids. I think rest has a lot to do with my response and currently I'm not getting good rest which I believe is related to my lack of nutrition and exercise but that is for another post.
Yesterday was a good day. I knew what I needed to accomplish, allowed myself plenty of time and reminded myself to LISTEN to my kids and ENJOY them. And that's exactly what I did. We spent almost 6 hours in town running errands and they were saints! How happy I am when I hear them say things like, "yes, ma'am" or "thank you, Mommy". They fill my heart with happiness and I myself am happy when I act with patience toward them. I honestly do not remember where I read it but recently I read to try and remember what it was like at your child's particular age and it will give you a sense of calm and understanding. For yesterday, at least, it worked.
I even went so far as to explain to them how tired I was at the end of our trip and would greatly appreciate their quick obedience because I tend to become frustrated more easily when I'm tired. And it worked! By the time we reached Wal-Mart (yes, we even braved Wal-Mart) they were so tired and begged to ride in the BIG buggy which I usually do not use because of its gargantuan size.
We were able to pick up some groceries, school supplies, and teacher gifts for the new year! Plus grab a bite to eat and me feed Little Man. I would say it was a good day! Hope your day was a good one as well. Any tidbits on how to remain calm when you are running errands with your family?