Frustration

Breathing In and Breathing Out: Forgiveness

One of the most important topics in my life is forgiveness. Forgiveness of myself … because I fail a lot. Forgiveness of others, because … well … nobody is perfect….

When Life Is Hard and Hormones Rage

There I was driving, down the road when I found myself in the middle of a meltdown moment. No real crisis. No big issues. Just a mountain of molehills multiplied…

Moms, Are You a Stuffer or a Blower?

Do you stuff anger and negative emotions? Or do you blow your top? Remember to HALT! (The video guys got “cute” with the purple background…please don’t let that be a…

Meltdown Management

“Nothing’s wrong!” So says my daughter’s voice, but her body language betrays her. Something about the glaring, stomping, creased-forehead, teary look tips me off. Rapid meltdowns are nothing new for…

You’ve Got the Wrong Mom

“You’ve got the wrong Buzz! You’ve got the wrong Buzz! YOU’VE – GOT – THE – WRONG – BUZZ!” I picture Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2, stuck in a…

Boys Love Silly Moms

The conversation was about to end.  I was driving cross-country with my young sons.  It was a three-day road trip from Louisiana to Colorado.  I was on the phone with…

Frustrated Parenting

Do you ever get frustrated or even angry with your kids? Do your kids push your buttons? Do you get overwhelmed by your own emotions? Joy Downs joins Tracey Eyster…

“Help, I Don’t Like My Child!”

Ok, right now I just don’t like my child. It’s been a really bad stretch and nothing seems to help. I feel like I am the worst mother in the…

Overcoming Adversity

I used to joke that if I wrote a book it was going to be called, “It was Funny, but Not Ha Ha Funny.”  That pretty much describes my life…

Step Five out of Angry: Times of Unique Stress

I went in for my every-three-and-a-half-months, I’ve-put-this-off-too-long, please-cut-my-hair-so-it-doesn’t-look-like-I’m-wearing-a-lampshade appointment at the hairdresser. I have a headful of decidedly curly, i.e. forgiving but frizzy hair, quickly becoming more frizzy and less forgiving. I believe the dialogue went something like this.

Hairstylist: Are you under a lot of stress?

Me: Um, well, yeah. Some.

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