And, He is our Example. He is Who we need to emulate. We need to remember grace when our grandchildren do something wrong - as all children, no matter how sweet and adorable and wonderful they may be. So, what does this look like? Well . . .
- Pause. Catch your breath and speak calmly - do not yell. God could have been very harsh with us, but He wasn't, and isn't. We need to remember this when dealing with our grandchildren - and with anyone.
- Communicate. Sit down and put your grandchild in your lap or sit next to them, so you are able to see each other, eye to eye. Share with your grandchild what they did and why it was the wrong thing to do. God is the Perfect Communicator . . . He sent Jesus, so He could communicate with us!
- Forgive. Explain your choice to forgive is because of God's choice to forgive you. Use the opportunity to point your grandchildren to God's amazing grace and forgiveness.
- Encourage . . . your grandchild to respond. Help them learn to discern the appropriate response to their actions . . . do they need to ask for forgiveness? Do they need to make some type of restitution? What is the appropriate response?
- Pray. Pray with and for your grandchild. Give them the opportunity to pray as well if they would like to do so.
- Move on. Do not hold anything against your grandchild. Start with a clean slate!