Combating the shouty monster in us all

My name is Leah, and sometimes I turn into a shouty monster. Mainly at the end of the day, you know that part that should be a calm wind down for EVERYONE.

There are things that have to happen regardless to how I feel: pjs, tidy-up, dinner, teeth, pees, stories and sleep.

The smoother the end of the goes the better for everyone (like menu planning). So yesterday I realized I need to start the wind down transition around 4:30pm (ish) everyday. Days I keep a tight rein on that are better than days in which time gets away from me. On those days we are all shouty monsters and that’s not really the best way to end things. Tired or not, I can do better.

So I’ve set up regular reminder, in my calendar at 4:30pm to start the evening transition. So early but it will hopefully stop me feeding the shouty monster within.

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  1. amy
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 19:37:50

    Ugh, I know. For me the danger zones are mornings (especially when husband is traveling) and dinner-to-bedtime transition. So much needs to be done in a short amount of time, and the only one who seems to feel any urgency whatsoever about it is me. I am struggling especially with having the 13yo take on more responsibility for his own self, ie, getting up, packing a lunch, MOVING HIS BODY AT ALL. Sigh.

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    • Leah Hung
      Dec 11, 2014 @ 22:37:32

      Yes, it’s the urgency and finding short cuts. Last year they started eating dinner in pjs which is the best thing ever as post-dinner they are too tired to get changed without it becoming a big deal (= feeds the shouty monster).

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  2. Lisa Hassan Scott
    Dec 12, 2014 @ 03:00:04

    Definitely. I’ve noticed more and more how rushing feeds the shouty monster. I’ve been making changes to limit the rushing, so now when people joke about me being four hours late to home ed group, I shrug. I’m not rushing!

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