Relax, Frustrated Parent. You Are in Christ.

Joe Gibbes | July 11, 2017

Parenting my three kids provides some of the greatest joys of my life, and also some of the deepest frustrations. I love jumping on the trampoline with them, wrestling, tickling, cuddling, seeing them score a goal, or bringing home a great grade. I feel honored to console them when they are sad, encourage them when they are down, and tell them I love them as they drift off to sleep. 

Yet it sometimes feels like for every one of these idyllic times, there are 10 moments of “You’d better watch your tone, mister,” “Don’t you dare talk to your mother that way, young lady,” or “No more screens for the rest of your life!” How many times have I been so proud of myself for taking them on some adventure, only to end up furious after a brawl breaks out in the backseat?

Perhaps it’s not really 10 to 1, but it seems the hard moments have more gravitational pull than the wonderful moments have buoyancy. As those moments stack up, I feel defeated, discouraged, and demoralized. I don’t want to win the moment by shouting louder, but sometimes it seems that’s all I’ve got in the toolbox. Afterward I feel terrible…

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