Life with four kids has taught me to expect the unexpected. In an instant, life an change--drastically. Change can be good, like when my husband's career switch led to an out-of-state more. Change can also be not so good, like the time I broke my nose chasing the kids in the park, or say a mishap involving my second son, a hatchet, a tourniquet and a wild ride to the ER.
Sometimes change is horrifying, like my 20-year-old brother's fatal gun accident. Or a sudden death by a global pandemic, or an attack on the US Capital... Life in constant upheaval, but a person's character is revealed by his or her response to the unexpected. The best we can do is to handle sudden, challenging situations in healthy ways, especially when it comes to children.
When you show your emotions, your children learn how to recognize, express and handle their emotions. Talk about what you're feeling and why.
Sense of Humor
Sickness, stitches, broken bones, try not to dwell on temporary ailments. Keep a positive attitude, and instill humor.
Make an effort to resolve conflicts and not let anger fester. Apologize and admit wrongdoing when appropriate.
Ask for Help
Recognize when a situation is beyond your control. Don't be afraid to ask for hep from friends, family, pastors or counselors. Help is always needed--and always available. There are always options. Try to maintain a sense of humor in all situations, especially when kids are watching.