Do people in your house yell a little too much too?

Okay, so we know there is no recipe for a perfect day (I take that back. A book, the beach, no kids–perfecto), but I have noticed a pattern around here that is worth considering.

On the days we forget to study our scriptures and do our homework and turn off the television, the Devil himself likes to come and party. The difference is so incredibly drastic that I’m starting to wonder if we have group split personality disorder. Harrison backtalks, Rex hits, June starts sorting trash (literally sorting through all the household trashcans and leaving trails behind her)–and I react with spitting and yelling and uncharacteristic bursts of anger (because I’m really very nice on the inside).

So if you are finding yourself knee deep in summer discontent, I would suggest this very old (possibly older than the hills) pattern for semi-peace. Eat. Pray. Read scriptures. Turn off the television/computer/Wii. Make them build forts and clean the house. (Harrison earned himself an extra thirty minutes of computer games by scouring my basement.)

Hey, it works for us. Kind of.


  1. Holy crap. This post has been up all day and not one person has a single thing to say? I am so losing it.

  2. Here I am——-not even yelling. good idea’s. we are so bombarded by media and “noise”. surround yourself with some peaceful things and it will probably have the same effect on you and the fam.
    I am so excited to move to the country—total peace and quite, maybe some day I will actually “find” myself.
    I have been gone—-for way to long.
    peace out

  3. I read this yesterday and then my lovely 10 month old sweetheart decided that mom really shouldn’t be on the computer and really should be entertaining her.. So she turned it off. She’s getting to smart I tell you! I agree though sometimes we get lost in the easiness of all this technical stuff.

  4. Jennifer says:

    So true. We try and try and try and sometimes fail miserably. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. OMG! I was just thinking this today! You read my mind.

  6. Hats off to you Annie, I wish I could that more often myself.

  7. Whatever Tricia, you’re the one we try to copy all the time.

  8. I don’t know how I missed this post. Strange…
    Either way, it’s a great post and I can easily see those same effects in our household when we skip out on the good stuff. Thanks for the reminder. I was in desperate need of it today!

  9. Thanks for the reminder. Why do we always forget the simplest solutions? We just brought home baby #5 (3 days ago), the kids have been angels, until today, which has been H-E-*-*. I’m going to have all the kids go get their scriptures, and pray to get at least 5 minutes to read before the baby wakes up (again!!!).

  10. I have just found your blog and love it. We have been having a yelling, horrible life recently. However, what if you pray, and read the scriptures, and have family home evening etc, and your husband is the Bishop, and life is still awful? Any advice greatly welcomed.