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Parental Anger

When we're angry, it's because we think we need to protect ourselves from some threat.

We forget that a misbehaving child is not a threat, just a confused or upset young human with an immature brain. We forget that we're escalating the drama by acting in a threatening way ourselves. We forget that our responsibility as a parent is to act like a grown-up, calmly coaching our child so they can learn, grow, and develop the ability to regulate their own emotions and behavior.

When your child's behavior sends you into your own temper tantrum, you'll be sure that your child is the problem. But any time you "lose it" that's a sign that you're triggered.


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How to Handle Your Anger at Your Child

In our calm moments we know that we could handle any parenting moment much better from a state of calm. But in the storm of our anger, we feel righteously entitled to our fury.

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Honesty, Anger and Parenting

Don't you have to tell kids you're disappointed, sad or angry about their behavior to get them to act right?

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Angry? Don't lose it. Use it!

Yes, you CAN be that calm parent. It starts with using your anger as a learning opportunity.

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7 Tips to Stay Cool when Your Child Acts Up

Lessons from Yoda on resisting the dark side.

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When Your Child Makes You Want To Scream: 10 Steps to Calm, Connect & Teach

When your kids get wild and your buttons get pushed, here's your path to less drama, more love.

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Can You Love Unconditionally When You're Furious?

Loving unconditionally when you're angry isn't easy. But nothing changes your child's behavior quite as quickly.

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