When I think of some of the things that have slid out of my mouth, all too fast, when speaking to my children, I cringe a little. Okay, I cringe a whole lot. During moments when I am totally loosing my cool, I say things I always promised myself I would never say. I make my kids responsible for my anger, as in “If you would just listen to me, I would not have to yell like this!” The truth is, of course, that I have the choice to behave like an adult, calm and cool, or like a child and throw a good old tantrum myself.
Can any of us really control our tongue? I often think that if someone I greatly admired was standing in the room I would not speak that way. I would not loose my cool. I would behave quite nicely, I am sure.
Hmmm. My children deserve to be treated with respect (we all do). How is an overworked, overtired mom supposed to get control over the most unmanageable tongue?
In my recent article for HubPages, I wrote in depth about this topic. The Power of Words