The important thing about yelling

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  • sandyl US, NY
    July 16, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    I was taking my granddaughter to work one morning and asked her to please get off her phone and get ready! She responded by telling me to "shut Up!" I went off. "Shut up? I'll show you shut up. I'll shut off that phone!" About that time, I got a look at myself in the mirror. Talk about ugly! Then I asked myself, "What is the lesson?" I walked back into her room, and she bounced up looking for a fight. I said, "Please excuse my outburst! Please begin to get ready, so we can get you to work on time. Please notice that anger does have on "off" switch, which I just exercised. We all have control of our emotions. " Nothing further was said, and the morning continued without a hitch. She was dumbfounded but compliant!

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    the courage recognize a need to change and then work a plan to actually change as a know it all, do it all adult.


  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    July 15, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    One time, when my 3rd child was about 6 or 7 I let myself get so angry at him that I poked him in the chest and made him cry. Me, a grown man, scaring, and scarring, my precious little boy.

    As I saw tears start to well up in his eyes I knew instantly I was in the wrong and I apologized.

    He's 17 now and a pretty good kid. He's precious to the Lord, and to me. Yes, he's 17 and even now I don't think I apologized profusely enough for my stupidity.

    I hope I don't ruin him.

    He's on a 50-mile hike with his Boy Scout troop this week. When he gets home Saturday I'm going to give him a big hug as soon as I see him.

    Good luck to all of us parents everywhere....

  • Swen_Teresed SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 14, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    I'm sorry you lost your chapters too.
    Thanks for the uplifting story.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    July 14, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    This article brought me to tears, because I see a lot of me in this mom, and I have been endeavoring lately to have a softer, gentler tone.