There are many things for which I am grateful in this world and one of those is the day I discovered the ‘Orange Rhino Challenge’ kindly pointed out to me by Aparna. In retrospect, I wish I had stumbled upon it earlier, as I could have avoided so many tears, confrontations, anger issues, temper tantrums and a frightened child.
My ‘Yelling less’ journey was the way I jump-started my blog from its dormant position.
Although I started it way back in 2007, it was only in July of 2013 that the blog came to life. Many parents read my week-long journal. Most of them commented. Quite a few of them shared their own journeys. It resonated among newbie parents and seasoned ones.
Most of all, it made me take a hard, honest and painful look at my parenting. Was I bringing up a militant rebel or nurturing a delicate child? Things needed to change and I am glad to say, they have. Today, my blog is a constant reminder of the struggle I faced with ‘Yelling’. It is also a permanent marker for my triumphs.
Do I regret yelling? Yes, I do.
Do I regret the fact that I yelled at all? No, because without it, I wouldn’t have connected with so many people, both virtually and in real life.
For that, I will always look at my ‘yelling’ as a means to an end.
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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge
Y is for Yelling Less
My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11
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