I was taking my granddaughter to work one morning and asked her to please get
off her phone and get ready! She responded by telling me to "shut Up!" I
went off. "Shut up? I'll show you shut up. I'll shut off that
phone!" About that time, I got a look at myself in the mirror. Talk about
ugly! Then I asked myself, "What is the lesson?" I walked back into her
room, and she bounced up looking for a fight. I said, "Please excuse my
outburst! Please begin to get ready, so we can get you to work on time. Please
notice that anger does have on "off" switch, which I just exercised. We
all have control of our emotions. " Nothing further was said, and the
morning continued without a hitch. She was dumbfounded but compliant!
the courage recognize a need to change and then work a plan to actually change
as a know it all, do it all adult.Beautiful
One time, when my 3rd child was about 6 or 7 I let myself get so angry at him
that I poked him in the chest and made him cry. Me, a grown man, scaring, and
scarring, my precious little boy.As I saw tears start to well up in
his eyes I knew instantly I was in the wrong and I apologized.He's 17 now and a pretty good kid. He's precious to the Lord, and
to me. Yes, he's 17 and even now I don't think I apologized profusely
enough for my stupidity.I hope I don't ruin him.He's on a 50-mile hike with his Boy Scout troop this week. When he gets
home Saturday I'm going to give him a big hug as soon as I see him.Good luck to all of us parents everywhere....
I'm sorry you lost your chapters too.Thanks for the uplifting story.
This article brought me to tears, because I see a lot of me in this mom, and I
have been endeavoring lately to have a softer, gentler tone.