Parenting Practicals

Civil in the Face of Anger

You can’t avoid it – believe me, I’ve tried! The venom, anger, and violence in people’s speech is everywhere. It’s like we’ve lost the ability to talk to each other about anything. As a parent, I am very concerned about how to help my middle school son navigate this open hostility without him becoming part of the problem. It is even harder if your child is younger – in what my wife calls “the sponge stage” – where everything they see and hear from you comes back at you at the worst possible time and place. How do we help our children through this “storm” of anger?

First (as simplistic as this sounds), we need to pray for God to help us to stop being part of the problem. Let’s face it; it is SO easy to get sucked into the anger. No matter who you supported in the last…

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Bill Kraus

Bill Kraus is an Officer in the Reserves, an attorney in his civilian career, and a volunteer Youth Minister (and active adult) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Edgewater, MD. Together with his middle and high school students, they are actively looking for Christ in the world and each other. Bill's personal guide is his son, Dan.