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How to Hit 'Reset' when You're Having a Bad Day with Your Kids

I knew as the words came spilling out of my mouth in an ill-tempered torrent that I would regret them. “Hurry up… argh!!! Just put on your old shoes. And grab your bag! I am not driving you to school this morning…”

My words, though not kind, were nothing compared to the tone of voice in which they were spoken. As an adult I would never tolerate someone speaking to me that harshly. Yet there I was directing verbal barbs at my 8-year old son. He responded in kind, having learned how to defend against his mother’s irritabilities with a tone of his own.

“I’m COMING.” He shot angry brown-eyed darts at me as he scrambled out the door. This was not a good start to the morning.

I attempted a double-sided, half-baked apology at the top of the hill, “I’m sorry I raised my voice, but you really need to be more responsible in the morning.” My final words, “I love you,” fell on deaf ears.

What I wouldn’t give for a do-over right now.

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Originally written by Megan Ratcliff for Motherly

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