I read it on one of my favourite parenting blogs, Parenting Passageway, and I’ve been pondering the idea ever since.
I talk quite a bit.
I spend a good deal of my day talking to (at?) my kids, trying to get them to listen and understand. I try to explain things in some vain attempt to have them conform to my ideas without struggle or discontent. Often I feel like I am talking to thin air. Talking becomes whining, whining becomes shouting and suddenly I am further from the whole ‘queen of my home‘ thing than ever.
It’s such a simple thing.
If I take a breath and think about whether I really need to say what I am about to say…. nine times out of ten I decide I could say nothing.
If I talk less then I whine less.
If I talk less then I shout less.
If I talk less then perhaps when I do talk it will have more impact.
If I talk less I listen more.
If I talk less I see more.
If I talk less I know more and I assume less.
If I talk less I find that I do more.
I simply do it.
I don’t shout at someone else to do it.
I don’t moan about having to do it.
I just do it, and it’s done.
I need to print it out and stick it all round my house.
It’s not a natural first response for me, but I’m working on it.
Click on the image above or download it here as a free printable A4 poster.