That’s It, I’ve Had It!
One night my kids were full of energy at bedtime. As I turned off their light, I could hear their little giggles and whispering. After numerous warnings to quiet down and go to sleep, I realized the need to pull out all the stops with the traditional mom’s version of giving and receiving. I shouted to the other room, "You better go to sleep or you're gonna get it when I come in there!" They settled down for a few minutes so I jumped in the shower, washed my hair and applied my routine mud mask to my face. I threw on my very comfortable but not so sexy hospital scrubs that I love to sleep in, as well as a nice towel around my wet hair.
From the other room, I heard my kids, once again, getting more and more rambunctious. "That's it. I've had it!" I thought. "I'm going in there to show them who's boss!"
With the mud mask still on my face and towel on my head, I stormed into their room, sternly told them to go to sleep, offering severe warnings to the next person who chose to disobey.
They immediately froze in their beds, without a sound. When leaving the room, I just about fell over when my 5 year old daughter said, with a shaky voice, "Who was that?"
When you have the opportunity to correct your children, is your communication style working? Are you getting through? Do they understand your language? Or do you continue to speak when no one is listening?
I encourage you today to stop and make sure you are being "heard" and speaking a language your family, co-workers, and friends really understand.