What do you do after you've gotten angry at your kids? You want to apologize for your mom anger, but you also want them to know that their behavior was unacceptable, right?
As a mom of four kids, I can completely relate!
How do we apologize for our mommy anger while still communicating our frustration with our kids' behavior?
How can we turn our mom anger into a moment of positive connection with our kids that lets them know that anger isn't OK (but that we parents aren't perfect and sometimes need forgiveness too)?
When I get angry, here are the five steps that I take to transform my mommy anger into a teachable moment with my kids.
You'll learn how to:
- Apologize effectively for your actions
- Help your children see their mistakes (in a grace-filled way)
- Guide them towards better behavior
- Offer forgiveness and God's hope
I'm sharing this because every mom deals with anger. Of course we want to avoid anger altogether, but we are all works in progress moving toward becoming our best selves. Should you get angry at your kids (like we all do from time to time), I want to share these five steps so that you can turn a painful parenting moment into a teachable moment with your kids.
When You Get Angry at Your Kids (You're Not Alone)
Even if we're working to control our mommy anger, we moms can still get angry from time to time and possibly say things we shouldn't to our kids. Again, it's not that it's OK to get angry at our kids, but I want to let you know that it's common and it's something that every mom has to work through.
The question isn't how to eliminate mommy anger completely (because this is impossible), but how to handle it positively when it arises.
5 Steps to Turn Mommy Anger Into a Teachable Moment
- Give an honest, heartfelt apology for your angry words and angry action.
- Bridge the conversation to the child's actions that may have provoked your anger.
- Allow the child to see how his/her choices affect other's behavior.
- Offer forgiveness and share about God's love.
- Mend the bond by finding a way to connect with the child in a positive way.
The 5-step method will transform these challenging anger moments into a chance to share firsthand with your kids about grace, forgiveness and God's love.
Again, just to be clear, we're not making excuses for mommy anger, but this 5-step method gives you the tools to turn a negative situation into a positive one that grows your relationship with your child during those moments when you may mess up.
Once you've downloaded this freebie, give it a try and let me know in the comments how it works for you!
Other Posts on Mom Anger
Mommy Anger: My Confession and Why You're NOT Alone
Dealing with the Guilt of Mommy Anger
That Makes Me MAD! How to Tackle Mommy Anger Triggers
Got an Angry Child? 4 Steps to Help Kids Manage Anger
About Alicia Michelle
Alicia Michelle is a certified NeuroCoach™, Bible teacher, speaker and host of The Christian Mindset Coach Podcast and You Tube Show. More importantly, she’s a lover of Jesus, a wife of 21 years to her best friend, and mom of four amazing kids ages 19 to 10. Alicia struggled with overthinking, negative thoughts and “being enough” for most of her adult life until God radically transformed her heart after a life-threatening medical crisis. Now through her signature courses and coaching programs she loves equipping women with practical, scientific and biblically-based mindset tools to help them overcome negative thought patterns and discover more confident, joyful lives in Christ. Listen to her on the podcast or on You Tube; download free workshop trainings at VibrantChristianLiving.com; and connect on Facebook and Instagram.
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