Let’s be honest… sometimes we blow it as parents. It’s not really a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. At some point, we are going to lose our temper and fly off the handle. And it is vital that we know how to reset when we do.
All the hard work we do as parents to strategically establish a solid spiritual foundation for our kids will be severely comprised if our relationship is broken.
My special guest in Episode 74 of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD is a pro on the parenting front. With nine kids, Kirsten Vossler is devoted to mothering full-time, and she imparts her hard-earned wisdom weekly on The Rejoicing in Motherhood Podcast. Kirsten shares with the CPCW audience seven vital steps that we should take when we blow it with our kids.
Those steps are:
1. Stop. (Easier said than done, but shut your mouth.)
2. Get alone. Remove yourself physically from the crazy situation.
3. Cry out to God. Be honest.
4. Ask God what He wants to say to you. Not to your kids. To you. He will bring identity, clarity, and perspective to you and the situation.
5. Repent to God first.
6. Repent to your child. Humble yourself. Say “I messed up. Jesus would never talk to you like that.” Acknowledge their pain. Say “I’m sorry.” And ask for forgiveness.
7. Be tender with your child as they are healing.
These steps walk us through the full cycle of repentance. Committing to this process is a critical part of discipling our kids because not only will it help to heal the damage we have caused in the parent-child relationship, it also models for our kids what true repentance looks like.
Join Kirsten and me for this fun, uplifting, enlightening, and very necessary conversation about how to heal our relationship with our kiddos when we mess up. You can listen on Life Audio by clicking on the image below:
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And be sure to check out my recent conversation with Kirsten on Rejoicing in Motherhood on the 5 greatest myths that our culture spreads to mothers. (Click below)
This enlightening conversation will encourage all the mamas out there who wonder if the sacrifices they make for their families are worth it. I assure you… they are.
Kirsten Vossler’s Bio: Kirsten is a mother of 9, yes you heard that right—9 kiddos. She has been a Children’s pastor, a worship leader, a writer, a conference speaker, and now she is host of the Rejoicing in Motherhood Podcast.
Kirsten’s Podcast: Rejoicing in Motherhood
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Catherine Segars is an award-winning actress and playwright — turned stay-at-home-mother—turned author, podcaster, speaker and blogger. She is dedicated to helping parents be a godly example for their kids in an ungodly world.
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