This is what my 6yo told me today.
I asked him how, and he said that I was telling him what to do.
In other words, I was micro-managing him while he folded towels.
I learned how to do that from my own mother. I listened to how I talked to my kids a little more closely after that.
I'm thinking maybe I could be a little bit nicer when I'm angry.
I'm not saying that they didn't deserve every punishment that they got for breaking up a large piece of Styrofoam ALL OVER THE FREAKING HOUSE, but I probably didn't have to yell so much.