Breaking the Cycle: Transforming Anger into Love in Parenting with Jennifer Sakata

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. This is a quote from C.S. Lewis my guest, Jennifer Sakata, shares that fits her own life story. Having grown up with an alcoholic mother and stepdad she didn’t understand that her family life was dysfunctional. Not until she began to notice that her friends’ families functioned much differently than her own. But when she became a teen, she and her little sister were removed from that environment. Unfortunately, the sisters were separated, each going to live with their respective grandparents. Only then did Jennifer begin to understand the difference between a house and a home.

Because of her upbringing, the habits of her own mother began to manifest in her when Jennifer had her own children, and she made a decision not to raise her boys the same way she’d been brought up. She also shares how she finally met her biological father when she was in her forties and how God brought a wonderful relationship from that. Jennifer has lived through a lot of difficulty in her life but because she intentionally decided to break the cycle from her own childhood, she transformed her anger into love. And she shares some of the practical ways she was able to do that in this episode. Y’all are truly going to enjoy hearing Jennifer’s story.

Resources

Find Jennifer’s free resource, 10 Ways to Add More Grace in Your Life at JenniferSakata.com. Also check out Jennifer’s podcast, Joy in and Out of Season, where she reminds us that joy isn’t just for the privileged few.

Also check out Connected Families for helpful parenting resources

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

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