I must admit, I was getting very annoyed with one of my teenage daughters.
She was fiddling with our laptop computer in what appeared to be a very careless way. I kept saying, “please don’t tilt the screen back so far.” Patiently I said it again, and then again. Then I said it one more time with sharpness in my tone. I’m guessing you know the kind.
Thankfully, my husband quickly stepped in when he saw my frustration beginning to mount. He rephrased what I had been trying to say. “Sweet heart, it’s going to be a costly mistake for you if you break that computer.” That’s all it took. No more rough treatment of the laptop.
Reality discipline is a great way to keep emotional yuck from spewing when our kids need correction. We can let the consequences scream, so we don’t have to.
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