I Hurt My Son's Feelings...But The Story Does Not End There

By Clara • February 9, 2014

I hurt my son's feelings and felt terrible about it, but the story doesn't end there.

As a mom, one of the last things I ever want to do is hurt my child. Sometimes I get lost in a moment of frustration and before putting any thought into what I'm about to say, the words just come out. It's during moments like these that I am more apt to hurt my son's feelings. Although this doesn't happen too often, when it does, it always makes me feel sick to my stomach.

Mom, have you gone through this, too?

I am so thankful for the grace of God. I know that my Lord loves me no matter what I do. I feel this is also true of my son. However, in the same way that I go to my Lord in repentance, so I feel I must go to my son when I wrong him.

I had to seek his forgiveness.

I went to the store that day and searched for the right card to give to him. I found one. It wasn't fancy, and it didn't include a lot of fluffy words, but it simply stated what I felt:

Someone thinks you're wonderful...Me!

Inside, I wrote an apology and shared what I felt were some of his wonderful qualities. I let him know how much I love him and how honored I was to have him as my son.

When I got home I handed him the card along with a small box of chocolates. I watched his expression as he read the card and saw a smile slowly take shape. By the time he had finished, it had grown into a full blown smile.

He looked at me and said, "Mom, this is just what I needed," followed by, "I think I may have overreacted."

I responded, "Son, I think we both did."

We gave each other a big hug and all was well again, both in his heart and mine.

Moms, sometimes we're going to say things that are going to hurt our children's feelings; things that we will regret. Just as I unintentionally hurt my son, so will you. Just remember this; our children have forgiving hearts, so when you wrong them, go to them with true repentance in your heart, not only are they likely to forgive you, but love you all the more for it.

This article is re-posted and originally written by Clara on her blog (www.asliceofhomeschoolpie.com). You should like her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/asliceofhomeschoolpie and follow her on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/homeschoolpie).


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