In reviewing How to Listen So Your Kids Will Talk, I reflected upon many aspects of my own parenting and our relationship with our children and God. There were many Bible quotes shared for me to reflect upon, notably those in a chapter entitled "Contain in Conflict." I have found that—especially after moments of having been too angry—looking at the advice offered in the book and journaling several referenced Bible quotes has helped me reevaluate my parenting methods.
I love the recommendation of author Becky Harling to give our children the ability to handle their anger appropriately. To do this, it is necessary to handle my own anger in the same way. I have found the more I read the Bible, the calmer I am when problems occur. I have grown so much since marrying my husband, coming to the Lord, and becoming first a stepmom and then a mom.
"Put a pause in before you react, and you'll have far fewer regrets at the end of the day" (128). - Becky Harling
There are so many wise words in the Bible that can help us as parents. Reflecting upon Scripture can be so very helpful. I leave you with several quotes to help you on your quest to be a more gentle parent.
"Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:26-27
"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:31-32.