Gracelaced is one of my favorite blogs, you should check out her stuff. I love this simple yet extremely helpful advice she put up a few days ago:
1. If I’m stressed and raise my voice, my kids only hear my tone, not my words.
2. Explicit instructions = action; Random barking = guilty confusion
3. You may think you’re saving time by running around while yelling; but, calling the kids together for a team huddle usually proves much.more.efficient.
4. Obedience motivated by joy > obedience motivated by fear.
That is all. Lesson learned. And now, I pass it on to you:
Stop, Drop, and…
Look your kids in the eye and lower your voice.