Keep Calm and Lower Your Voice

I’m a country girl, so I blame my loud and boisterous voice on that fact.  I grew up in a house where the noise level was and still is pretty intense from the many people who lived there or visited.  And because we were a family of six, there was bound to be noise from us kids playing and having a good time.

Now that I have my own kids and home, I wanted to relive the same sounds of love and fun I remembered having.  Unfortunately, I got caught up in the notion that the sounds I would hear would be joy and laughter, and what I actually heard was stress and frustration.  I found myself so tired and exhausted that the noise of the kids playing would aggravate me.  I would fuss and yell and just wanted to shut everyone out.  After working all day, then coming home and cooking dinner, I really just wanted to sit on the couch and relax.  So when the kids would run and play, begin screaming or bickering with one another, I handled it the wrong way.  I realized I was not making a difference because the loud voice that was so happy-go-lucky with joy and laughter at one time was now angry and over extended.

I decided to make a change because I didn’t want my children to remember me as a fussy mom who yelled at them all the time.  I want to be remembered as fun-loving, always smiling, and gentle.  I made the conscious decision to lower my voice, stop yelling and fussing, and keep calm (ok, I’m not fully there yet!).  My patience is improving and God is dealing with my heart and imparting valuable information by means of this blog and others I have connected with in hopes to grow me as a mom.  This blog is about coming to the realization that I’m not perfect and it is ok to get upset, but I don’t have to fuss and yell.

Proverbs 14:29

People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

This girl is no fool, so I’m keeping calm and lowering my voice!

8 thoughts on “Keep Calm and Lower Your Voice

  1. jenniferpeck23 says:

    I love this post because it hits so close to home for me as a mom who is also trying to better her reactions. My older son once told me, “Mommy you yell a lot.” That was such a powerful statement and it saddened me that that was how he viewed me. The path of change has not been without its challenges; however each day gets a little easier and a little brighter because I am committed to being the type of mom I not only envisioned that I could be, but being the type of mom that my children want, need, and deserve.

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  2. Catherine says:

    This is great. Like you, I come from an incredibly LOUD family. We are “LONG ISLAND LOUD”!!! It doesn’t get much louder than that! However, after acquiring a Frenchman as my better half, he’s “helped” me to find that “softer” voice. It’s a riot. Before we visit his family in France, I get instructions to “practice” my soft voice–which I do! Then, after we are with his family, my voice starts to get louder and louder. His family finds it both intriguing and fun!

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  3. Debbie L says:

    Thank you for your honesty and recognition of your need to change…’s so hard. I’ve been working on it a lifetime…but keep trying and when you confess it like on a blog, it makes it easier! Praying for you and your blog!

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