What are we teaching our children about anger?
There is so much going on in the political landscape of our nation, and in the world at large. I am well aware of the headlines and the wildfire erupting across our country in response to the developments that seem to come at rapid speed. I won’t share my political opinions on my blog, but I do believe we must be responsible and respectful with our voices. It’s imperative we teach our children to manage the powerful emotion of anger in a constructive and productive way.
Last week, my son became involved in a bullying incident on the playground at recess. His experience led me to think about how we as parents can influence our children right now, more than ever.
We must model behavior they can emulate, when it comes to our own responses to the ongoing news and our opinions of what is happening in this conflicting climate we find ourselves in.
No matter your stance on the issues we as a country face today, we all can make a difference in our children’s lives in how we want them to be able to articulate their feelings and interact with others – whether it’s on the playground at school, or voicing our passionate opinions on any platform both online or in our communities. What are we teaching our children about anger?
My article about this topic is over on FORHER.COM. I would love for you to click over there and give it a read HERE. I think this message is critical, especially during such turbulent times. We must raise the next generation to be mindful and sensible, when faced with difficult decisions and erupting emotions.
Let’s all be good role models for them, okay?
They are watching us. They are learning from us.
Click HERE to read my post and share it if you agree!
Alison Hector says
Kudos to your son for stepping in, Chris! You are right that kids are watching us and reflect our speech and actions. Glad that in you, he had a great example of how to diffuse a volatile situation. Sad, however, that this pattern of bullying is becoming so prevalent.
Yes, it’s so very sad Alison. Sigh… And our political climate and all the rage is surely not helping matter much. I wish it were different. But I need to take responsibility for ME and what I am teaching my own kids first. If everyone was more intentional about anger management, I think there would be hope for change.
lisa thomson says
So important, Chris. They learn by watching. They learn more by example than words.
Yes, exactly Lisa! Can you imagine what they are watching with this political mess and all the discourse in our nation? Thanks for your support, my friend. I know you get this!
Julie Jo Severson says
Heading over. This has been a topic all week in the car with my son.
Thank you for always supporting me, my friend. Oh, how I cherish our friendship!
Kristi R Campbell says
Going now. Of course, I think that maybe, you share more than you think, which is a GOOD THING. Sharing love and hope is always important. Fairness, empathy, kindness. That’s the stuff that wins over time. God willing.
I’m so grateful you went over to read it, Kristi! I think what we put out there IS a good thing, and I LOVED your response to my piece! (Of COURSE!) XOXO