Strength for the Family
“The key to correcting our kids’ behavior is to be firm enough to drive home our point but controlled enough to not beat them over the heads – figuratively or literally. Our job is to effectively usher them into adulthood – a deliberate, gradual process that begins at birth and continues for most of their lives.” ~Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home, Chapter Seven: Consequences, Naturally.
Sometimes we can get so frustrated with the behavior of others, that we wish we could just “beat them over the heads” in order to get them to change. I mean, they should know better, right? But they don’t always know better. A person’s background, past experiences, and temperament all contribute to the way he or she behaves and the choices he or she makes about how to relate to others. It’s our calling as Christians to guide, not force or coerce, others into a higher level of behavior. That begins by setting an excellent example for them in our own behavior.
Straws for the Crib
Today, act with deliberation in everything you do. Concentrate on setting an example for others, even those difficult others whose behavior can drive you up a wall. Remember to guide, rather than demean others into behaving at a higher level.