My name is Hannah Romero, and I am a 28 year old mother of three (ages 6, 3, and 1).
I never really thought about how many kids I would have, or how I would handle the
many situations that would arise when raising children. Being a mother is stressful, and
I often forget to take a moment when something goes wrong. I will admit that I am that
mother that yells and goes straight to discipline. Though, as I continue this journey as
a mother, I'm changing and growing just as my children are doing right before me. I'm
changing even more as I learn to handle my oldest son’s behavior. My son is sensitive
...he has food allergies, skin allergies, and has difficulty following direction. I find myself
yelling at him often because doesn’t listen. It's only recently that I started to realize
yelling isn't the answer, for it only upsets my kids and causes me to feel guilty. I wish
I could say I came to this conclusion sooner, but I'm just glad for the realization all
together. It's very difficult for me to refrain from yelling as this was how I was
disciplined--yelled at and spanked. So as I adjust my approach to parenting and
change a behavior I learned, I am not only benefiting my children but myself as well.
I'm trying my best to give my kids all that I never had growing up...just being talked to
and listened to is one of those things. Together, we're learning to talk about our
feelings and actions. I'm hoping this will help with understanding the consequences
that are a result of certain behavior, leading to better behavior and less yelling.
The inspiration for this blog came from the above quote (one of the many inspiring phrases in The Mommy Journal: Letters to Your Child).