I Yell at my Kid…Guess that makes YOU a better mom

  1. Amanda says:

    I hear ya! You are not alone and never to be judged here!

  2. Yep, all of that. And I don’t believe there’s a mother out there who has never yelled at her kid. We’re human. It happens. And sometimes it helps!

    • Courtney K. says:

      You are absolutely right. Sometimes yelling is the only thing that makes the tension a little easier. Motherhood is SO HARD, who needs the criticism of everyone else?

  3. Laura says:


    I promise I won’t stare at your screaming son in the grocery store or point out his dirty face. Trust me. If your son’s screaming, mine likely is too. And if your boy’s face is dirty, mine is likely dirtier. I will only stare in humble adoration of you! 😉

    And about dirt under the fingernails? Does that EVER come out?!

  4. Lindsey says:

    At the end of even my crappiest day with the kids I will always say to them “Let’s try again tomorrow, ok?” I know what all the great tips are about parenting, marriage and life in general (I’ve even written about such things!), but that doesn’t mean I keep my cool 100% of the time. You definitely can’t make a call about someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

    • Courtney K. says:

      You are absolutely right. All of the parenting advice and tips in the world don’t prepare you for the bad days. They just happen. And, like you said, you go to bed and give it another go the next day. But no matter what, no matter how bad, I never let a day go by without telling my son (or my husband, for that matter) how much I love them. Ever.

  5. Jessica says:

    Right there with you. I yelled at my toddler today for spilling water on my computer. Wasn’t my finest moment as a parent but it happens. Doesn’t mean that I’m not a good parent. Just means that I was having a bad day.

    • Courtney K. says:

      Exactly. Doesn’t mean you don’t love your kid. Doesn’t mean you won’t ever make another mistake. It just means your human. And if it’s any consolation, I probably would have yelled about that, too. Assuming (and hoping!) your computer is okay!

  6. Kimberly says:

    I heart you for this. Parenting is so hard. Some days are just plain exhausting. People have no right butting into our business to oversee what we’re doing.

    • Courtney K. says:

      EXACTLY. I understand that there are some people who won’t ask for help when they need it, but seriously. You can usually tell when something is REALLY wrong in a situation. People are just too stinkin’ nosey.

  7. Galit Breen says:

    Yes, this. Parenting is just plain HARD some days and we have no business making it harder on anyone else. Excellent rant!

    • Courtney K. says:

      Exactly. Life is hard enough as it is, and being a parent makes some days that much more difficult. It’s been so refreshing to see so many moms agreeing and understanding where I’m coming from.

  8. Well said! I think that we all have those days. I know that I am guilty of yelling sometimes too…and I definitely don’t think that makes me a bad mom…it just makes me human!

    • Courtney K. says:

      You are exactly right. We are ALL entitled to bad days. And at the end of the day, no matter how bad the day is, that doesn’t mean I don’t still love my kid to pieces. It just means that we’ll both get up and try again tomorrow.

  9. Ana says:

    You hit the nail on the head, lady!

  10. Christy says:

    If I could hug you for this I would!

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