Lately, my 2yo son Eli and I have been having exhanges that go a little something like this:
ELI: [misbehaves/does something naughty]
ME: [raise my voice and express my displeasure]
ELI: [voice cracking, eyes sincere…] I sorry, Mom. I sorry. I sorry. I sorry. [continued ad infinitum until I interrupt by saying…]
ME: Okay, Eli, come here. [with every intention of telling him exactly what he did wrong and why I’m upset]
ELI: [coming to me, taking my face in his hands, kissing me before I can say anything]
So husbands: try that next time your wife is upset. And wives: let him.