Here I admit I’ve struggled with anger and invite you to the book club: Are You An Angry Parent?
You can find my review of Pitchin’ A Fit here: Pitchin’ A Fit Book Review
And read my thoughts on the Intro to Chapter 2 here: Is Angry Parenting OK?
Here are my comments on Chapters 3-4: Anger: I’m in Love with Me
Find out what I think about Chapters 5-6: Why Are You Angry?
Comment on how you feel about Chapters 7-9: Patience and Nurture in Parenting
Chapter 10: The Power of Affirmation….
Ah, criticism. I always think that constantly critical parenting can be nearly as destructive as parenting that includes occasional rages. Criticism seems somewhat benign, but it has the power to crush young spirits. In contrast, consider 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV):
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
That’s pretty much the antithesis of criticism, isn’t it? Criticism is a lot like complaining–it’s a sinful habit that quickly becomes entrenched in our spirits. It can take applied effort to overcome. Edifying comments can seem strained and awkward when first used after years of criticism, but the results (and the obedience to God’s Word) are so worthwhile.
Chapter 11: Creating Peace in the Home
There are a couple of really important points in this chapter. Our kids are a source of joy, not irritation. We’re called to love them. Additionally, unity in marriage is so important, even when there’s an anger issue in the home. We’ve pledged to love and cherish until death do us part (remember?).
When I’m struggling with a lack of joy (which happens occasionally), I find that reading Philippians once a day for a couple of months is really helpful. And when someone I love is struggling with anger, prayer is a powerful weapon against the rage. God is faithful to hear our prayers–don’t grow weary of doing good, and of petitioning the King of the Universe!
Chapter 12: Accountability
I’m glad Israel and Brook Wayne addressed accountability in anger issues. Here’s the thing: anger is destructive. It’s corrosive to relationships, to health, to reputation–it’s sinful, and it carries with it the consequences of sin. But sometimes anger is also abusive. A child that lives in an angry home can sustain damage physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Waynes give 5 signs that indicate you need to seek outside help in managing your anger.
Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Memory Booklets
We finish up our book club in the Family Discipleship group on June 24th, in just a couple weeks. I don’t want to send you away empty-handed, though. I think it’s important to continuing working toward sanctification through God’s Word. I have 12 Fruit of the Spirit Scripture memory booklets for you to work through. You’ll find the first one at the link below, and there are links in that post to each subsequent booklet.
Join the Discussion
We’re hosting discussions over at the Family Discipleship Facebook Group. Come on over and join us!
Purchase Pitchin’ a Fit
Check out our study schedule. It’s not to late to join! The book is just 159 pages, so this shouldn’t stress your schedule too much, and at one chapter a week, you’ll have lots of time for prayer, meditation, and Bible memory. Order a copy of the book and join us at the Family Discipleship group over on Facebook today! Please don’t forget to invite your friends. You never know who is wrestling anger silently in their own home or heart.
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.