My third child has a serious case of FOMO (a term my 65-year-old mother had to explain to me!). She fears missing out on anything her older siblings do and gives a blood-curdling scream each time they run off to do anything that doesn’t include her. Recently, she let that scream reign supreme over and over again while her siblings ran away from her. “Stop!” I called out but was ignored. My “Stop!” escalated in volume until I could have beaten our youngest in a scream duel.
When I hit the loudest volume possible, they all halted, wide-eyed, and my middle child even began crying in fear.
We’re all going to blow it at some point in our parenting journey. And that’s OK. What’s important is what comes next: repair. If you want to know how to repair a relationship with your child after yelling, here are 5 things to try.