managing anger

6 Practical Tips to Tame Your Temper

Disciplining misbehaving kids is often a difficult and emotion-laden task. Our oldest son Daniel, sometimes said to Lynne, “Mom, you just bursted all over us!”...

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What to Do When Kids Push Your Buttons

When kids act up, it’s a parent’s job to guide them through the difficulty. But kids’ trouble often pushes parents’ buttons. Need for control? Push....

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Letter to a Tired Parent

To the Dad in the front row at our workshop, You are here — and, based on your eye contact and nods, you are attentive....

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When Kids Just Won’t Obey: The Clash of Giants

I’ve blown it many times. But the following event stands out as an example of both failure to live by the stuff I teach, and...

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Do Your Questions Help or Hurt Your Kids?

Ed was trying to be patient and thoughtful, but he was at the end of his rope. Instead of helping him fix dinner, his two...

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Does Punching an Object When You’re Angry Actually Help?

Have you ever directed an angry child to go punch a pillow, hoping that would provide some release of their frustration? Parents have even bought...

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How Punishing Kids’ Anger Could Make It Worse

The way parents deal with anger often gives kids the impression that anger is always bad.  Unfortunately, as kids grow up learning that anger is...

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Why Kids Explode and What to Do About It

Just like us, our kids sometimes react angrily when something important to them feels attacked. First expressions of anger are almost always aggressive. As kids...

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How Flushing without Pooping Can Help Your Parenting

I was mad. Several times in recent weeks our kids had become careless about their toilet flushing habits. So when I went in to use...

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Anger: Is It Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Anger is tough to understand. Most parents, in the name of getting their kids’ anger in check, tend to act quickly and without much thought...

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