Today I want to talk about how important it is to be open with your kids when you make a mistake.
First, we need to be okay making mistakes…and letting our kids see! Even go as far as drawing attention to a mistake you’ve made – “shoot! I forgot about your doctors appointment today, I need to remember to look at the calendar next time.”
Simple mistakes but also – more importantly the deeper, serious mistakes.
“I was frustrated that you painted on the wall, but I should not have screamed at you. I’m sorry for screaming and I’m going to work hard to be more patient next time” They see our mistakes anyways, no matter how hard we try to hide or avoid them, so it is crucial that we address things like this and ask for forgiveness.
Show them the art owning your mistakes. It will teach them that life is not perfect, you’re not perfect, neither are they and that’s okay. Not only this, but your kids will also see this example of humility and have an easier time owning their own stuff and apologizing. Win win!
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I’ve talked about this in previous posts, but always make sure to apologize to your kids when it’s warranted. If you lash out at them in anger, if you ignore them because you’re on your phone and they walk away upset, make sure you go back and apologize to them.
Highlight Gods Grace any and every chance you can get.
When you make a mistake – talk about His grace. When they make a mistake, talk about his grace. Dazzling our children with the grace of Jesus Christ is one of the most influential and beneficial things we can do for them in this lifetime.
And last but certainly not least, remember to give YOURSELF grace. If you are reading this blog post, odds are you are doing your very best. God chose you to be their mama, and you are enough.