Just the other day, I was driving w/ my daughter and my niece in the car when a young man, driving recklessly, communicated to me using sign language. I saw red! Adrenaline poured into my veins and my heart rate went through the roof. But I could see the girls playing and giggling in my rear view mirror. I had a decision to make: Do I prove my manliness and show that punk who he's messing with or do I just let it go? It was difficult to be honest. I wanted to reach out and slap that kid. In the end, I just blew him some kisses and clapped at him. The girls laughed, and I realized how lame I could have looked.
I can't believe that I'm the only one who deals with anger. And I know I'm not alone when it comes to dealing w/ anger and my kids. I do not want to pass that along or allow myself to get so angry with my children that it damages my relationship with them. Ephesians 4:26-27 says:
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Here is a great article with some very practical ideas on dealing with anger. ANGER Use these ideas to show your kids how to deal with anger now, before it becomes a problem later in their life.
I stopped to think about what might have happened if I had allowed my anger to boil over at that kid. I shudder to think about what my daughter would have seen in me that day. Monkey see, monkey do parents.