by Kaylene Yoder as quoted by Faith Along The Way – Hope For the Angry Mom
Editor’s note: Another bit of righteous fear-mongering. A little anger is not necessarily a bad thing. Anger can be motivating, a signal that you need to address an issue either internally or externally, it can be cleansing. It’s not going to ruin your life if you experience anger every now and again, even if it happens while you are with your children. But you know what will ruin your life? Repressing your emotions! I will give the writer credit for one thing, she did the right thing in getting away from her children for a few moments to take control of what she felt. Removing yourself from triggering situations is a healthy response, more healthy that repressing and pretending.
That was the day I scared my children.
They had never heard that sound come from me and they understood it even less than I did.
I left them in the middle of their wreck of toys & locked myself in my room just in time to catch the following cries in my pillow. Tears soaking the sheets and fists pounding the mattress, there I had my very first fit of mommy anger.
And boy, was it ugly.
After my frustration was spent, I lay there staring at the ceiling wondering what had just happened.
I heard my children whisper outside the door and my three year old asked cautiously into the quiet, “Mom? Are you dead?”
Her innocence and concern were enough send me into tears of shame and regret.
I had never experienced this kind of anger, I wasn’t sure I even understood it, but I sure didn’t want it to come out of nowhere like that again.
So, I began to study anger. I learned that,
anger is a normal emotion, but it can be consuming
anger is ugly, but it doesn’t have to make us ugly
anger that is not repented of ruins families, marriages and souls
anger that is anticipated and prepared for, is easily identified and can be redirected in healthy ways.
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