Wenn wir von unseren Kindern Perfektion erwarten

Dieser Artikel spricht mir aus dem Herzen. Wie oft bringe ich mit Worten und Verhalten zum Ausdruck, dass ich von meinen Kindern Perfektion erwarte? Hier hilft nur ein Bekenntnis gegenüber meinem Kind!

Cooking dinner, I hear the sounds of angry hearts bubbling over into stinging words. It gets louder, and soon someone is crying. Two boys come out into the great-room, red-faced, fists clenched, and both yelling at once. After multiple attempts, I finally gather that one had frustrated the other, who responded by kicking his brother.

I begin by saying, “Remember how Jesus said we were to treat one another?” “I’m not Jesus!” my oldest responds immediately, his face scrunched up as his feet stomp the tile floor. He runs off to his room. Sometimes, my children speak words that the Spirit has been trying to pierce into my heart for a while. The pasta is boiling over. The water makes sizzling sounds as it hits the red glass cook top. I stare at it, knowing I need to leave the kitchen and talk through the conflict with them. I think of how quickly anger can overflow the heart, spattering burning hot drops of pain on anyone nearby.

Turning down the heat on the pot, I walk into the boy’s room, hoping to do the same with their anger. I find them both calm and playing with Legos. I get down on the floor, look my oldest in the eyes, and say, “I know you’re not Jesus.”

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