Angry Moms

I can see it all too clearly… Moms heads superimposed on those birds’ rounded faces with knit brows and yellow beaks, catapulted into the air from a slingshot in an attempt to topple three other angry moms on top of poles.  Honestly, I still don’t get the mechanics behind the game, but the fact that my daughter’s highly amused by it amuses me as well.  And imagining my face on one of those Angry Birds leaves me grinning from ear to ear.

Angry Moms… a game like that would be the most downloaded, I presume.  Moms all over will be able to relate to it.  I am one such mom whose temper rises on occasion, and I’m far from happy whenever that happens.

It ticks me off whenever my daughter disobeys me, or answers back.     I feel like jumping off the window of our building while crying “Geronimo!”  Am I missing something, or are kids today just really different?  Do I blame myself or society for what they are turning into?  Sometimes I feel she’s a time bomb waiting to explode.  Angry Kids is more like it, I guess.

When I feel like I’m about to boil over, I try to practice those techniques I’ve read about for the past years or so.  Counting to ten while breathing deeply does work for me.  It helps calm me down as I reassess the situation.

I get out.  If we’re at home, I leave her for a while and go to the next room.  I try to gather my senses together and hold an emergency meeting with my sanity.

I keep a picture of her as a baby close by.  When I feel my blood pressure about to rise to the top of the Billboard Top 20 charts, I pull out her old baby photos from my drawer and look at them.   I’m reminded of the cute baby I brought into this world, and my anger just melts away.

We moms- and dads- are only human.  We get angry, we cry, we feel frustrated at times.  What’s important is we’re true to how we feel, and we just get over it after a while.

How about you? How do you handle things when you get angry with your kids?

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Comments

  1. I’d be the big black bird then. :) I’m not being preachy or anything but you can look up 2 Timothy 3:2 :D Anyway, I practice the art of shrugging shoulders…then talk later. hihi

  2. I love the baby picture idea! My husband jokes that he uses childbirth breathing techniques to stay calm. For me, looking – really looking – at their faces, helps me stay focused on what’s really important. And yes, counting to 10 and deep breathing help too – and even time outs for angry mom days :)

  3. I promise myself some fluff (some small gift) for dealing with any of the things my family would do and I get aggravated.

  4. Breathing in and out does help me a lot. =) And, cry sometimes. Crying does help me a lot (even if it makes me look like a big baby. Haha)

  5. so interesting if there was such a game! my mom would be a main supporter or avid downloader if it were real. lol. and i agree with you on the remark that kids these days tend to rationalize more with adults than previous generations.

    an example: while i was at the bathroom, i heard my mom tell my sister that her stuff are cluttered and messy. my sister replied that she and mom have a different meaning for “organized”. lol. angry mom. haha.

  6. I could relate to this, that is with my nephews. It can be frustrating if they get to be disobedient. Hahaha they probably have one angry bird version of me…the angry tita lol!

  7. This is so true. I needed this today more than any day.

    Pam

  8. HA! I think you’ve just hit the jackpot with this one! It would definitely be the next big thing!

  9. I’m taking notes on this…b/c I know it gets so much harder once they are older. I have used the step out of the room technique a few times :)

  10. Most moms have had moments where they said things they wish they hadn’t or lost their cool with their kids. When the crayons end up on the walls or the shoes magically disappear, it is easy to respond in anger. Being a mom is a tough job and even the best moms have their “bad days”.

  11. me? I just don’t talk at her. I ignore her or I’ll look for a quiet place at home perhaps at the comfort room. Then there, I bent my anger for her.

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