Sep 12, 2011

What's Your Tone?

I've been thinking a lot lately about the everyday "tone" that I use with my family. You know, that special voice you use for your kids or your husband or any family member you live with versus the way you speak to your friends or strangers. I think it all hit home for me when we had our parents stay with us and help out for a few weeks after baby #4 arrived. I noticed that my tone seemed to be much more calm and kind when I knew they were around. Granted, I had been super prego and a little extra grumpy because of it, so perhaps that is why the contrast seemed so apparent (excuses, excuses, I know). 

Since that awakening I've made a real effort to use a warmer tone at home. It helps when I pretend my cell accidentally rang someone and they are listening on the other end (which has happened to me a lot lately).

This will take a lifetime for me to perfect but I think being conscious of it has made a big difference.


Stacie said...

I've thought about this a lot too, sadly, because I've noticed my tone very unkind at times. (Pregnancy has not helped!) I often think, "If someone else were listening in, I would be embarrassed." Sad to admit! Thanks for this reminder!

Sue said...

Great tip, Mindy!


Brooke said...

Great reminder. I know everyone in my home always feels better with more positive tone.

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