Nails In The Fence Story For Kids To Manage Anger

Last updated on June 4th, 2024


Nails In The Fence Bedtime Story For Kids To Manage Anger


Nails In The Fence Story For Kids: This story is written by Lynda Hudson, a well-known writer who wrote very meaningful and inspiring stories. ‘Nails in the Fence’ story is full of morals and it’s often seen in the coursebooks of primary kids. The story is about a young boy, who has a very short temper nature.

Nails In The Fence Story To Manage Anger

To improve his nature, his father teaches him a great lesson about the effects of anger and the importance of controlling it. Although this story is primarily intended for children, the lesson it contains is very useful for adults as well.

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Short Story of A Young Boy Who Had Very Bad Temper

Once upon a time, there lived a little boy named Jonas in a small town. The boy had a very bad temper and used to shout at anybody, anywhere. He didn’t think for a second before opening his mouth in anger. Everyone used to dislike him for being grumpy, short-tempered, and foul-mouthed.

One day he got very angry at his brother and even fought with him. Later he realized his mistake and said ‘sorry’ to his brother. When his father got to know about the whole incident, he decided to improve the nature of his son.

He came to Jonas and gave him a bag full of nails and a hammer. Then he took him over to the fence in the sideyard. The boy got very confused. His father then said,

“Son, you have a bad temper. Every time you lose your temper from this day forward, you must hammer a nail into the back of the fence post.”

On the very first day, the boy had hammered 40 nails into the fence. After seven days, the fence had around 100 nails. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails he hammered daily gradually dwindled.

The boy finally realized that it was easier to control his anger than to pinch a nail into the fence. Finally, a day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all and he told his father about it.

His father appreciated him and suggested another idea. He said, “Now that you have learned to control your temper, why don’t you start to pull out the nail each day you successfully control your temper.”

The boy agreed and began to pull a nail out each day he was calm and didn’t lose his temper. The days passed and, finally, all the nails were pulled out of the fence.

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A Story That Tells Why You Should Control Anger

The young boy happily went to tell his father that all the nails were gone. His father listened to him, held his hands, and once again led him over to the fence. He said to the boy, “You have done well, my son.”

“Finally, you have learned to control your anger but look at all of the holes in the fence. This fence will never be the same again. I wanted you to learn this lesson because it is the same way with life.”

Jonas started to understand what his father was saying. His father continued, “If we put a knife into someone, even if we immediately pull it back out, it won’t matter how many times we say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.

It is the same when we say things in anger. You always speak harsh words in anger, although invisible, words also leave a deep scar—just like the scar on this fence.

The words can never be taken back and people will remember it forever. Always make sure you control your anger when you are tempted to say something you might regret later.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said, “I hope you can forgive me Father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course, I can,” said the father with a smile.

Moral of The Story: The lesson taught in this story is very important for everyone. Unfortunately, most of us are like that young boy who usually speaks harsh words without knowing the impact.

Barring a few intelligent people, many of us realize much later in life how bad anger is. Remember, A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one! Never lose your temper. You might end up hurting others.

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