Sunday, March 28, 2010

Go Mad...No Don't!

Posted by Michele Olson
Positively delightful article from the folks at*
Jenny Runkel writes about how getting Mad is, well…Madness! Since March is all about madness; basketball, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter…it’s the perfect time to focus on the word “Mad.”

Mad means not being in your right mind. Jenny points out that when we are mad, we are overcome with the worst parts of ourselves, we don’t filter our feelings and we can act inappropriately. Her point is, that’s exactly how we act when we get “mad” at our children.
When we are mad, we are in a mind disorder state. No can make us mad as in “my kids make me mad.” She provides a coping skill. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like your child is making you mad, tell yourself; “I am about to allow a hormonal child to determine my mood. I will now go insane by choice.”
Basically you are saying what is going on as it’s happening. Simply changing your words and thoughts can change your life.
Jenny tells us that you and only you can get control of your emotions, so if you are getting mad at your kids, you are the one making yourself crazy.
Parenting is not easy. Any tricks of the trade are welcome. Give it a try.
Let us know what happened!
(ScreamFree Parenting offers a revolutionary new option by inviting parents to focus on themselves, grow themselves up, and calm themselves down. The ScreamFree Parenting principles will lead parents of all ages (with kids of all ages) to create and enjoy the family relationships they've always craved starting now.)

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