We all experience parental anger. How many times have you counted to 10? At least a few times a day I’m sure. Kids have a knack for pushing parents buttons but there are a few things we can do to keep anger under control.
Just having kids helps one build a higher level of tolerance. One important thing to remember is that suppressing anger only builds tension and stress. That’s why we must learn to control it.
So how do you control misbehavior without yelling and showing anger? It’s okay for kids to know we are angry however it is not okay for the anger to overcome our judgement. Anger can cause one to lose control and this is not something a parent needs to do.
Learn to stop before you react. Give yourself time to process the situation and don’t be too fast to react. Learning to stop before you react allows time to change your behavior and the child’s. Just taking a deep breath will help you think more clearly.
Keep everything in perspective. Remember nothing lasts forever and tomorrow is a new day.
Repeat after me “this too shall pass.”
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” Psalm 127:3.