If you’ve seen the Pixar film “Inside Out,” you can probably identify with the little, red, disgruntled character Anger standing at the control panel, punching the other emotions aside, fire billowing from his head, flipping the reactionary switch up to full-throttle.
The imagery pokes lightly at a reaction we are all familiar with, but the reality is anger can be difficult to confront. As mothers, it is likely something we battle on a daily basis – and often feel defeated by. Why does it seem so impossible to control at times? What is that inexplicable heat that burns from our bodies and sets fire to world around us in a moment of rage? How do we douse the flames?
Anger can feel so big internally, it seeks to consume us. This can feel powerful or vulnerable. It can lead us to harbor guilt or even shame. Join us as we explore anger together.
• They say anger isn’t a primary emotion, that it’s a reaction to something deeper and more vulnerable. What are general categories we’re experiencing anger? (Potential example categories: ambitions are challenged, safety is questioned, we feel “unseen,” expectations are unmet.)
• 5 Phrases to Help Kids Diffuse Anger, and how each is a unique approach.
• 3 Ways Anger Can Be Productive
• Anger might mean something in our life needs to change – 4 Tips for Making Changes in Your Own Routine or for Your Family – getting rid of things that make you angry.
• 4 Tips for Temper-Tantrum Management
• 3 Pros and Cons to Anger – Anger can show us a lot about ourselves, anger can also breed bitterness.
• The Art of the Apology – apologizing after we mess up. (Pick one or all: mom to kids, wife to husband, teaching kids to apologize to each other.)
• Psychological and even physical repercussions anger can have on our health.
• A story of when you lost your cool – humorous, humbling or heart-felt.
• Moving beyond disagreements to reconciliation – with husbands or friends (maybe considering the current political climate, or in general).
• DIY guide to calming practices, including essential oils.
• Are moms not supposed to get angry?
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