Parenting Help: Use Lemon and Sugar to Talk to Kids about Anger

I don’t know if it’s just a boy thing, or if our culture in general has programmed children to be angry. The fact that we teach our kids they’re entitled to everything certainly has to be a part of it. Either way, the anger that I see in the boys is some days just plain […]

Dare I Accuse Him of Maturing?

Now that TechnoBoy and The Mercenary are nearly teens, they’ve been working hard to perfect some of the more famous adolescent behaviors. Grunts, mood swings, sleeping late, eating at odd hours, and ohhhhh, the angry glares are all part of the repertoire. It started last spring, but really got full-blown over the summer. Once school […]

Adolescent Anger is Flaring Up

Today was a day filled with conflict, yet I sit here feeling mighty peaceful. The Mercenary has been getting angry with me on a daily basis, and his disrespectful behavior has been on the increase for some time. I actually understand the anger; between the hormones that are flooding his body and my demands for […]

Anger Issues

I’ve mentioned before that Captain Earthquake has difficulty controlling his temper. If he gets angry, he routinely lets himself get swept away in the emotion. Lately, if he gets angry in the morning, we can expect him to stay that way for hours. Now, I happen to be an expert in angry. In my heyday, […]

FFYF: Send Him Away Edition

If there’s anyone who has difficulty getting along with his brothers lately, it’s Captain Earthquake. As a young man possessed of rather a strong temper, maintaining his cool can be tricky. And once he’s a little mad….well, things usually progress from there. Both his twin and his older brothers have often succumbed to the temptation […]