Itâ€™s inevitable: you and I will make mistakes.
Our children will make lots of mistakes.
Some days, a house full of humans is a house full of mistakes!
Our response to mistakes makes all the difference in the world between a healthy home and an unhealthy home. Instead of breeding denial, callous consciences, or the fear of failure, why not deal with mistakes the way God does? As forgivable lessons to be learned.
Thanks to Turansky and Miller*, weâ€™ve adopted a catchy response to mistakes.Â ‘Turns out, a few simple words can untie the knots of regret, remorse, and guilt. They can lighten the heart and strengthen the spirit. (Truth be told, I use this phrase for myself more than for the girls. I really need a healthy dose of it every day.Â Hereâ€™s hoping that as I let go of perfectionism, people-pleasing notions, and inordinate amounts of unnecessary guilt, everyone else in my family is encouraged to do the same!)
Hereâ€™s Lia with the magic words:
*Many thanks to Turansky and Miller’s much-loved Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in You and Your Kids.
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