By Lisa Cherry
Can you relate to my title? How funny but how true!
May I be so personal as to offer you an inside look at how this mom (who has launched three out of the teen years but still lives with six teens and tweens today) handles the above dilemma?
OK, I will only tell you my best tips for when I handle the teenage anger well! We don't really want to hear about the other times.
Tip 1 Picture yourself observing a volcano. It is blowing up, but you are not. You are an observer. You are holding your cool and simply standing by while the lava flows. (I know that's a little weird....but it is a great image that helps. Somebody has to be the adult!!)
Tip 2 Paint a two year old face on that big boy/big girl body. It is the same irrational child locked into a similar stage of immaturity. Just like you learned not to bite on every two year old temper tantrum and get hysterical yourself, you can learn to do the same now!! …with God's grace.
Tip 3 Wait for the storm to pass. And then sit down and learn together with your teen what caused the storm. God is right there bringing His Wisdom and love to you both.
Tip 4 Understand that you will not prove the scriptures wrong. They work!!!
A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. Proverbs 29:11
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1: 19-20
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