How many times a day in your house do you hear “But she made me….”? How many times do you hear yourself saying “Mommy’s sorry that I yelled but you….”. Right now we’re working on being responsible for how we respond to someone wronging us. We’ve been hearing a lot lately “she just gets on my nerves and makes me yell at her”. Do other people make us respond the wrong way? No. It is a choice. It is a discipline in self-control and it’s a hard lesson to learn. For both mom, dad and kids.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
When we practice self-control, and choose to respond with gentleness we are showing our children the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. The Holy Spirit can help us learn self-control but only if we choose to respond.
Check out this post from http://womenlivingwell.org. I read the Duggar’s book a few years ago and was challenged way back then to be “slow to anger” and gentler with my kids. This post is a good reminder of how to be a gentler mom.