I stopped by to see how my daughter was doing with the new baby. Her other two daughters who had been with their aunt were at home, too. The middle daughter started climbing on me when I was holding the baby. I told her to wait. She turned and left the room.
A few minutes later I found her in the bathroom, sitting wrapped in a towel, chin in hands. I asked if she was mad at me. She nodded and said, “Yes.” I asked if she was ready to be friends again. She smiled and said, “Yes.” We had a hug and I gave her a “horsey” ride back to the living room.
We teach our children about their attitudes and emotions. This is one of the areas that is easy to overlook, particularly if a child is quietly sulking. We as parents need to intentionally ask our children—maybe at bedtime—about what’s going on in their heart. “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13
Do you have stories of training your child’s heart?
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