Be a proactive parent
A pastor once painted a picture for me that really sunk in.
A Thermometer measures the temperature in the room. It is reactive. A Thermostat sets the temperature in the room. It is Pro-Active. Be a Thermostat.
The truth is, Dads, that we set the temperature of our homes – if we’re grumpy – everyone is grumpy. (Preaching to myself here folks!)
But more importantly – if we are reacting to the stress, if we are reacting to our kid’s mouthiness, if we are reacting to our frustrations with our wives, then we are operating in such a way that we are causing damage. We’re not supposed to measure the temperature – we’re supposed to set it!
Instead of REACTING to the stress of the situation – we need to be PROACTIVE – that means taking the time to think ahead and try to prevent it. It means when a situation occurs, our approach is to offer solutions, not complaints!
When unexpected situations do arise, how we react says everything to our kids. If they screw up, and we react by shaming them, instead of teaching them, if we react by exploding in anger, instead of correcting them, we end up creating a mess of other issues down the road.
Let’s commit to be proactive in how we parent! Let’s commit to control our emotions, rather than to be controlled BY our emotions.
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