This morning our six year old made herself some toast, buttered it, cut it into tiny squares with kitchen scissors, dolloped it with maple syrup and then poured herself a large glass of milk… that she accidentally knocked into the corner of the table as she carried it over and everything proceeded to splatter onto the floor in a sticky, soggy mess.
Now, often, this would have been an internal battle for me not to get angry. My first response is not always one of calm and reassurance when a mess is created…especially one that involves a milk-syrup-mix.
But– this morning, by God’s grace, I responded pretty well. It was just an accident. She felt bad. We cleaned it up together. And poured more milk.
It did get me thinking about what often makes the difference in how I respond. And I came up with three factors that usually swing the angry/frustrated—–calm/kind teeter-totter in one direction or the other:
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