Bypassing Shame

Yesterday, my Smiling 5yo Son sat in my lap and told me my breath "smells like throw-up." Nonplussed, I just laughed and told him he was probably right.

45+ years ago, as I sat on my ’s lap, I told her she had a mustache. She was shaken, angry, and . I’ve never forgotten how badly that innocent comment her. Of course I wasn’t trying to her. I was just a curious little boy who noticed something I’d never noticed before. But her reaction devastated me – even though she didn’t mean to.

Yesterday was a victory in stopping some of the of that we tend to pass on from generation to generation. I pray that my grow up not knowing the of shaming and the pain of .

It is only by becoming a better man that I can become a better parent and raise better kids. My love for them is incredibly motivating!

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