“For the Next Day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your children at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It’s better to hold your tongue than to say something you’ll regret” (The Love Dare, 4.)
Today, I started the Love Challenge. I was at work for 8 hours, so I didn’t spend a lot of time with my sons, but in the time I did, I tried not to be negative. It would have been easy to be angry and lash out when my son overslept and didn’t pick me up from work on time. Instead, I said nothing except, jokingly, that I didn’t save any onion rings for him. I felt some sympathy since he’d been at work from 4:00 AM through 12. When I needed things done – even if I’d been asking for weeks – I didn’t get angry, but instead stayed firm and matter-of-fact.
All and all, today was an easy day. We shall see what tomorrow brings.