managing anger

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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What Causes Power Struggles and How Can I Stop Them?

Recently CF co-founder Lynne Jackson sat down with Chad Hayenga, one of CF’s Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, to get his take on a common…

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5 Ways to Communicate Love No Matter What (Even in Misbehavior!)

Communicating “love no matter what” when kids misbehave can seem like a tall order. But when these five simple changes come from a calmed heart, they can powerfully turn the tide of negative discipline encounters.

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What to Do When We Blow Up

  As hard as we try to parent like God would, we are human, and sometimes we mess up. We lose our cool, we speak…

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How Would Jesus Discipline?A Discussion about Spanking

We have raised our own three kids who are now in their twenties. Through personal experience, as well as working with countless families, we have…

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When Kids FightHelping Kids Work Through Conflict

How Fights are Reinforced…or Resolved If kids get a stern scolding, angry tones, harsh consequences, and nothing else from parents when they physically fight, then…

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How to Avoid Combat with Your Kids

When your kids act up, Stop and Breathe. Breathing clears your mind and calms you down. When you don’t breathe, your brain stays in fight or…

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Parenting Goals You Can Meet

Choose as your goals to be sure you stay calm, to be sure that your child knows he’s loved and respected no matter how he behaves, and to help him focus on his responsibilities.

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Be Angry (if you must) But Don’t Sin.

Sometimes parents get too angry.  Other times they don’t get angry enough – or at least they don’t stand firm to keep kids growing in…

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Managing Kids’ Anger – and Ours

We parents sometimes get it backwards. Our kid acts up and we get angry. We then tend to justify our anger saying, “I wouldn’t be…

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