Here’s more proof that there’s hope for me. I’m not a big yeller, but I’m also not very patient, so there have been occasions when I’ve yelled at my kids or become overly angry. Sometimes, when I’ve recognized that an apology is warranted, I’ve forced myself say “I’m sorry”. I want to set a good example for my kids, so I apologize even though I actually don’t feel bad. Sometimes, I logically recognize that I reacted poorly, but emotionally, I feel self-righteous – that my behavior was justified.
But, an important milestone happened earlier this week. I over-reacted to the kids fighting, and I got really angry. By the time I calmed down, I felt truly sorry. I actually wanted to apologize. I hope this means my heart isn’t so hard after all!