This picture is a visual representation of what I was like yesterday. I had what will go down in history as one of my finest parenting moments, wherein I totally lost my cool and bit the head off one of my children.
It was not awesome. To be fair, the child was also not being awesome in any way, shape or form. In fact, the child was being disrespectful, disobedient and outright defiant to my face regarding a clearly established rule in our household.
I am not at all accustomed to that kind of behavior from one of my children. It was totally out of the blue. I was clearly unprepared for how to deal with it, so I dealt very, very badly myself and consequently spend the rest of the day in an emotional and physical funk. So did the child.
I went to bed sad. But I woke up today feeling much better because I knew that today I could do better. I have apologized to my child for my behavior. I have also followed through on all the consequences of the child’s behavior.
Parenting is tough. Parenting teens is really, really tough. I am going to make mistakes. I am going to learn from them. The next time I feel like exploding at one of my teenage children, I am going to count to ten or walk away and then come back and discuss/discipline with love, care and concern. I’ve tried the anger route. No one wins.
Just my random thoughts for the day. Oh, and this is what I woke up to, so I think God was telling me it could be a beautiful day if I let it.
PS. Hannie B. knows I’ve used this awesome picture. She loves it very much and thinks she is quite hilarious.