A Peacemaker or a Troublemaker?

A good way to help children overcome the problem of anger is to teach them how to be peacemakers instead of troublemakers. Anyone can get angry and most people do. Few are mature enough to be peacemakers.

Being a peacemaker helps to break down anger in one's self and in others. Peacemakers seek to bring people together in agreement and look for solutions where everyone wins. They think of the needs of others and try to make everyone feel good. A peacemaker honors others and promotes harmony, bringing joy into the family.

So, how can you help children become peacemakers? Here are a few practical ideas. Target your parenting so that children can learn to be peacemakers. Teach children to:

Look for things in common, not differences.

Try to agree, not disagree.

Work toward common solutions where everyone wins, not where one person wins and others lose.

Use love as a motivation, not anger or meanness.

Work to give your angry child a vision for being a peacemaker. It will open up new ways of thinking about offenses and provide opportunities to deal with anger in others as well. That's why Jesus said, "Blessed (or happy) are the peacemakers," Matthew 5:9.

Anger is one of the roadblocks to sibling harmony. Being a peacemaker is a demonstration of honor. To learn more about how honor can teach kids to get along, consider the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes In You and Your Kids by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

What are some ways you've been able to teach your child to be a peacemaker?

Milan Tomic

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  1. When my son was 6 and my daughter 2, we memorized Matthew 5:9. We put up 2 sheep outlined on construction paper. I filled 2 jars with cotton balls. I challenged the kids to find times when the OTHER one was being a peacemaker, praise them, and put a cotton ball on their sibling's sheep. Once the cotton balls were gone (about 5 weeks), we celebrated their beautiful sheep with ice cream treats. 3 years later they still remember the verse, and just the word "peacemaker" helps them remember to consider the needs of the other.