We work so hard NOT to be angry as moms, but there is a time we need to show our anger: to benefit our kids.
Reasons why your child needs to see your anger:
My child needs to know that some things are unacceptable, such as lying, stealing, or unkind words.
My child needs to know he/she will be defended. My husband often says, “Do not hit my little girl like that,” or “Do not push my little boy.”
My child needs to see we care about injustice in the world. It’s OK to get angry about child abuse or deception and let our kids see it.
If you get angry:
Make sure it’s justified. Do you have a good reason?
Make sure it’s controlled. Using a firm voice with your child is OK. Yelling or using physical outbursts is not.
Let your child know that Jesus got angry too. He was angry with those who believed they were too good to need him. He was angry at those who used God’s house to make money and cheat others.
Brainstorm IF there is something you can do about injustice. Can you raise money for an organization who is fighting against an unjust cause?
After you get angry, turn to prayer.
Pray with the child who committed the offense, seeking God’s forgiveness.
Pray with the child who was offended.
Pray about injustice.
Pray for compassion.
Pray that God will give you His heart for the hurting.
Pray for those who are walking in sin and hurting others.