It has been awesome, and humbling, to recognize some of my less-than-gentle approaches and work on replacing them with more God-honoring ways. I certainly haven't "arrived," but it's good to be aware and working on it. (My own blog post for week 1 is here, and week 2 is here)
Anyway, this gratitude often diffuses the situation, gives me a chance to focus on what is truly important and choose my words more carefully. In the end, my goal is not to "prove" to my son that I'm right about everything. It's to help him learn appropriate behavior, integrity, and mature leadership skills (leadership for him, because he is a natural leader, but needs to learn to use those tendencies for good). Part of teaching him is being a model for him, which means I need to admit/confess when I've been wrong or not handled a situation correctly. I need to ask his forgiveness when I've given in to my temper. Humility.
Yes, it's very, very humbling. It takes thought. Purpose. Prayer! I have a feeling I'll never "arrive." ;) But the journey is good, too!