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In the process, I remembered something she told me when my daughter was a drool-dribbling heart clincher with a killer smile. She said "Listen to your words sometimes - you'll be surprised at yourself" - this was to tell me that everything I say will be for eternity in my daughter's mind.
So for the last few days, I have been 'listening' to what I say to my kids. The result is here for all to see -
"If you ask 'Why' one more time ....................."
"No. You cannot beat up smaller kids. Or I'll beat you up - get that?"
"How many have I told you not to leave things around? Give me all your balls. Now!!"
"You threw my phone in the bucket? FFF...ish!"
"Check what the maid is doing" A little later - "Why the FF...ish did you have to tell the maid you were checking on her?"
"I don't care what the damn password is - OPEN the door!!"
"Why are you staring at the ants? Go do something important - stare at your books!"
"Why? Because I told you so....... that's why!"
"Did you do potty today? No? Now the monster will grow inside your tummy."
"You shared your sandwich with your friends? OK, then what did they share with you?"
Of course, I have said a million things right to my kids before, but notice that there's something eerily wrong / hysterical in each of these statements.
I guess Mom certainly was right - will have to start actually 'listening' to myself more often. Sigh!