Abby. What more can I say? If you've spent time with the child lately, one thing is clear: managing her anger and controlling her behavior is not her strong suit.
I've tried everything.... Let her cry it out, let her work it out herself, talk her through it, impose consequences for escalated behavior, take away privileges. Long story short, I'm at the end of my rope. Short of hiring a life coach, I came up with one final solution, The Secret Code. When she gets angry, and you can bank on it happening sooner than later, she's supposed to give me a wink. "But what if you're not with me?" Easy! Find something pretty, pretend it's me and shoot it a wink; I will know. And with that suggestion it was like the heavens opened up and swallowed the intense frustration that had devoured her body.
Will it work every time? Your guess is as good as mine. But I'll be researching life coaches just in case.
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- I'm a teacher by trade, writer at heart & mom in every sense of my being. I never considered writing as a profession, but after I got married and began moving around the country, I began sharing my adventures, misadventures & updates through a sort of e-mail newsletter. I found a true passion in unconventional story-telling that has followed me into motherhood.