Morro Bay, California - Photo by Reggie Joiner

Egypt is at a boiling point. The images of angry people, military, and police remind us how easy it is for things to get out of control. Last week at a basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina, an officer asked someone’s daughter to move to the other side of the gym. It resulted in a physical fight between the officer and the father. It was also reported that the mother and daughter jumped into the scuffle as well.

We live in a world where people tend to get mad fast. Just drive through Atlanta traffic, and you will meet a host of people that should go to therapy for anger management. I personally think the best place to start dealing with the issue of anger is in the home. A leader I know had a habit of asking his kids an interesting question every night before tucking them into bed. “Did you get mad about anything today?” He was wise enough to know they needed to learn to deal with anger issues early in their life. There are really three ways you handle your anger.

1. You hold it in.
2. You blow up.
3. You deal with it.

One of the most important things we can teach our kids is how to manage their anger. If you read the corresponding newsfeed from the Mayo Clinic, it suggests some practical ways to “deal with it.” As parents, this is an issue that has to be on our radar constantly if we are going to guard the emotional health of our kids. How we personally respond to conflict and how we work through conflict with our children will have a direct influence on what they do with the issue of anger. Just remember, learning to stay calm as a parent could be one of the best ways to protect the heart of your children.

What is the first thing you do when you feel the anger rise? What do you do well when it comes to managing your anger, and what do you do poorly? What could you do better?