Don't cry over spilled milk! Great advice, usually from parents and when it's not your milk! Accidents happen, and, when they happen again, it's frustrating. I don't know about you but I have let my frustration get the best of my parenting from time to time.
Have you ever been mad at your five-year-old for spilling his or her third glass of milk at dinner or finger painting on the refrigerator with butter or trying to play a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich in the VCR. Remember the VCR? (*Note: A VCR is similar to a DVD player today...but bigger.)
When our kids spill their milk, they don’t need a time-out or lecture; they need a towel.
We need to overlook the small stuff, the broken stuff, the misplaced stuff, because it’s all small stuff.
When your patience has faded and your frustration is running high; when you are at the end of your rope emotionally and want to explode, here are five parenting reminders from God’s Word.
When your child is angry, remember: “A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NCV.
When you are frustrated with your child’s behavior, remember: “Losing your temper causes a lot of trouble, but staying calm settles arguments.” Proverbs 15:18 CEV
When their room is not picked up, remember: “Careless words stab like a sword, but the words of wise people bring healing.” Proverbs 12:18 GW
When your child has failed, remember: “Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.” Proverbs 15:4 CEV
When your child has been defiant, remember: “Parents, don’t be hard on your children. If you are, they might give up.” Colossians 3:21 CEV
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