We’ve all be there – reacting with anger or reacting with spite, or becoming defensive when someone says something. Just this morning I got super irritated by something my 10-year-old said and snapped at him without thinking.

Reacting is a knee jerk response we do without thinking. We do it without considering the consequences of our actions. It’s defensive in nature. 

There’s a difference between reacting and responding. Responding adds a pause – it gives us a mindful moment to ensure that our words or and actions line up with our values and true self. 

Helping our kids understand the difference helps to create a world where everyone feels safe asking questions and voicing their concerns or ideas. It starts with moving from reaction to responding.

Where have you reacted lately? 

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