In all our best parenting intentions, if you are anything like me, you will lose it with your kids. I’m not proud of it, I wish I could go back and change it, but what to do when we do? We could justify it because we are already juggling many balls already and this was just the icing on the cake. We could deny it as using a firm voice to make sure we were heard over the oft-loud background noise. We could hide it from our friends and neighbours with false smiles and ‘happy families’. Or we could own up to it, apologise for it (to God and our kids), and seek His help to better handle such situations in the future. Should we be surprised when we sin in this way? I don’t think so, but ignoring it is not a solution either.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
In His mercy, God has forgiven our sins, and so we can freely confess them to Him (along with all the other sin from each day).
Continuing in 1 John…
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Let’s also not beat ourselves up with guilt, we all fall short of God’s glory.
We have been promised a helper, the Holy Spirit, for which we can pray to bear the fruit of self-control. The other fruits of the spirit are pretty helpful in parenting too.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
As for other physical things we can do, these tips from a secular parenting blogger can be helpful too. Do your parenting intentions live up to your parenting reality?
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