With a 4 and 6 year old in house now, I find myself having some pretty deep conversations. Always unexpected. Always profound (it's amazing what I've learned from my 6 year old?!). Always surprising.
A couple ago, my children were having a very grumpy exchange. I couldn't quite grasp the root of the problem, but the result was a great mushroom of angst. It just kept growing.
At that moment, rather than rushing in to sort the matter--I interjected reminding everyone that anger and kindness spread like germs. It's only by choosing not to return angry words that we can stop angry words coming back to us like a boomerang. I'd like to say that as a result of this interjection they miraculously began to shower each other with kindness at every turn...they didn't. But I have noticed a slight difference...now, I'm making a conscious effort to interject with kindness when I sense things are off kilter.
Someone's shouting? Maybe they need a cuddle and a kind word? Easier said than done...
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