I prayed about it and decided to give it a try. So, here it goes…
Every mom, at some point or another, will yell at their child. I am a firm believer that yelling doesn’t get you (me) anywhere, but there are times that voices do get raised. It never feels good after the situation has dissolved and you sit and think about how that affected the relationship you have with your child.
Were you calm? No.
Were you in control of your own emotions? No.
Were you showing self-discipline? No.
Were you offering grace? No.
1. Recognize your triggers…
Hello?!?! When I’m busy and my kids aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing, i.e. not bothering me, I find myself more apt to yell at them. I will tell them to stop arguing and share. Yeah… come on all you 4 year olds out there- SHARE!
Seriously? Who am I kidding… which leads me to the next point.
2. Train your children…
I fail to do this when I’m busy as well. I HAVE to clean, or cook, or write a quick email to someone. I don’t have time to train, so they need to train themselves, right? Ummm… that doesn’t work either.
We are their mothers, and God has entrusted them to us. We need to train them before all else.
3. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…
When you take time to bond and play with your kids, you are less likely to yell. Love on them. Play with them. Sing with them. Just be… with them. Who wants to submit to a mommy that is mean and uncontrolled? They want to follow a mother that is worthy to be praised.
4. And last, but certainly not least, Pray.
We should daily cover ourselves, and our families in prayer. We have a big job to do. We have many obstacles that can only be overcome with God. He needs us to come to Him and lay our troubles down at His feet.