Managing your monster moments

Have you ever had monster moments?

If you have, then the idea of managing your monster moments may sound pretty good.  Even better?  Preventing them.

The more time I’ve spent on the subject of anger (this is day 29 of 31 days, ahem) the more unattractive the whole anger thing is to me.

I did a Google image search for angry women.  There is not a single image of someone looking all hot and sexy in her rage.  They all look like monsters.

I scrolled through the photos of my adorable sweet children and spotted the photo evidence of temper tantrums gone by.  It’s amazing how much their little faces would change from one photo to the next.

I got really brave and asked my husband to snap some photos of me the next time I was yelling.

This was probably the single worst idea I’ve ever had.   [Read more…]

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Counting the Cost of Anger – Interview with a Friend

At some point, you knew I’d have to talk about the cost of anger.  It was right there up front in the introduction for the whole series on Anger.

Psalm 37:8 says

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.

Counting the cost of anger – remembering that it only leads to harm.

What if I told you that there were four simple words that would change everything….

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But…. yelling works so well….

I asked my son a simple question.

Do you know why I’m yelling?

His eyes were wide as he stared up into my face and shook his head.

No.

I took a deep breath and sat down beside him. Then I said simply

Because it works.

I’ll bet this happens in your house too.  See if the whole thing sounds like a page from your life. [Read more…]

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Yelling with my actions

Today’s post was originally titled “it’s all just yelling” but I ended up liking “yelling with my actions” better.

It paints the perfect picture for a very big concept. [Read more…]

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Pages from My Yelling Journal – The Volume Knob

Since we’re on this journey from anger to peace together, I thought it was only fair to share some of what I’ve written in my yelling journal.  This is all about the volume knob on the television.  It turns out that volume knobs aren’t just for tv.

(Yes, I know, televisions don’t have knobs any longer.  They have buttons.  But you know what I mean.)

This is pretty much a word for word transcription of my  journal entry.  You even get a peek at my really bad handwriting. [Read more…]

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The funny side of anger

With today’s post, I’m officially halfway through the 31 day series on anger.  We’ve earned a break.  So today I’m sharing the funny side of anger.

My personal journey to stop yelling and be less angry hasn’t happened in a vacuum.  That would have been so much less humiliating.  Instead, I’ve struggled with this in full view of my kids.

Remember my yelling journal?

At first, I didn’t tell my kids.  But it’s hard to keep it a secret when I whip the thing out and write in front of them.

It’s harder to keep it a secret when I yell [Read more…]

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How Yelling is Like Popping a Zit

I don’t want to gross you out, but have you ever noticed how yelling is like popping a zit?

Specifically, it’s like popping that big honking glow-in-the-dark zit that’s at the end of your nose.  The one you can see without looking in a mirror.

(Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.  Everyone has THAT zit at one point in their lives.) [Read more…]

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Is it ever ok to yell?

I yelled last night.

I woke up about 3am and realized I hadn’t written it down in my yelling journal. Somewhere around 5am, I decided to turn insomnia into #5club. I got up and began to write. [Read more…]

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Eggs with a side of yelling… and socks.

No, I PROMISE I am not going to do 31 days of eggs.  I think I’ve egg-zausted the whole egg thing for now. This is more about the yelling thing.

I yelled this morning.

About socks.

I’m really grouchy about having to write it down too. [Read more…]

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I’m yelling because…

Recently my family started using the phrase “I’m yelling because…” when things get loud.

It started as a simple experiment.  We were (and are) working on tone of voice issues. [Read more…]

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