What I’m Reading: Triggers

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When I saw a friend recommend the book “Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses,” by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake, I knew I had to read it. Just the title alone made me feel like I had been smacked in the face in the best way. I pulled up the Amazon app on my phone and bought the book without thinking twice.

Even before I had seen this book, I knew that one of my goals for 2019 was to “not sweat the small stuff.” In no area is that more applicable for me perhaps than parenting. I can be hard on my kids. I can choose to get on their case for small things. As a result, my kids can grow frustrated and wind up in a worse place than their small offense even had them in to begin with.

I want to parent with all of the grace and mercy I’ve been shown in spades from my Heavenly Father. I am so, so far from perfect, so why would I expect perfection from my kids?

A favorite quote I’ve read in the book so far:

We can demand respect because of our rank, or we can foster respect because of our righteousness.

I cannot recommend this book enough! Moms, if you struggle with anger and the correct responses to your children, this book is for you!

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