Stop Yelling! The Orange Rhino Challenge
I’m not a big yeller. I’m more of a terrified-of-conflict, too-shy-to-engage, oh-well-life-sucks kind of gal. Except when it comes to three people. There are exactingly three people in my life that can cause me to totally lose it. My sister, my husband, and my son. What do these three people have in common? They are the three people I feel the most comfortable with, the most loved by. In other words, they are the three people that deserve my yelling the least.
This is just one of the discoveries I made while reading Shelia McCraith’s Yell Less, Love More: How the Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling at Her Kids-and How You Can Too!
I met Shelia last summer at an awesome mom meetup hosted by MomTrends. I had never heard of Shelia or her Orange Rhino Challenge. A fellow blogger whispered to me, “That’s the mom who hasn’t yelled at her kids in over 500 days.” I snorted into my wine. “Really?” Skeptical, I walked over to meet her, prepared to hear some New-Agey-Sanctimonious Mom-Crap. But nope, Shelia is authentic, non-judgmental, and one of the funniest moms I’ve met.
Her story begins after a particularly embarrassing episode of losing it completely in front of a handyman. Shelia vowed to go 365 days without yelling at her children. She had four under the age of 5 at the time! She started a blog to chart her progress and named it “The Orange Rhino Challenge.” She had a quite a few setbacks. Each time she yelled, she reset her counter. But finally, she made it AN ENTIRE YEAR without yelling at her kids and then… just kept on going.
You can now read her story in a brand-new book, available here. I got a sneak-peak copy of the book and gobbled it down in less than two days. Though I’m sure it will be categorized as a “parenting book” (as if any book could teach you to parent!), it’s so much more. Shelia doesn’t preach or push her methods. She just tells you her own story, which is pretty freaking hilarious! There are methods that range from the tried and true (take your own time out and breathe) to the bizarre (scream into the toilet and then flush it away.)
It’s a must-read for anyone who has screamed at a loved one and felt the sting of embarrassment, regret, and shame after.
Stop Yelling! Watch Shelia on MomCave LIVE
Shelia was a recent guest on our weekly live show, MomCave LIVE and shared some of her techniques. Check it out here:
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Tough challenge but worth it in the end. Thanks