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Okay. I’ll admit it. This post is way more for me than it is for you. My baby just moved across the state to go to college. For years I have been looking forward to and dreading this day in equal measures. I have fantasized about a clean, quiet home free of smelly gym clothes and week-old pizza boxes. And, I have been dreading the end of late night talks and Sunday morning pancake breakfasts and family game night. So, I cried on the way back from helping my very grown up and capable kid move into his dorm. And today, as a form of self-therapy, Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. Time to head back to school. All transitions are stressful and, for families with young children, back-to-school time can be particularly difficult. This transition period is even more difficult when children aren’t so thrilled with the prospect of returning to school. So, let’s talk about how to help them cope. Because calmer kids mean smoother transitions. And that is good for everyone! Continue reading
So you know what your triggers are. You know the cost of an angry outburst. You understand thinking distortions and have developed a whole bunch of coping thoughts. You have practiced a variety of relaxation techniques and used them in the anger inoculation exercises. And now you are ready to create a written, personalized anger management plan that will help you put all of this into practice in the real world. Continue reading
Special Place Visualization taps into the power of your imagination to calm and soothe your body and mind. There are terrific resources out there to help you learn this relaxation technique... Continue reading
Part 2 of a 3-part series. Now that we have a good idea of what triggers an angry response, and what that response costs, we are ready to get to work learning new, better ways of responding. We are going to turn down the temperature on your temper! Continue reading