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Do You Dread Spring Break with Your Children?

You Can Hear the Whining, Arguing, and Anger Already Do you dread Spring Break with your children? Can you hear the whining and arguing already? Learn how you can change it all and really enjoy the break with your kids. A few days ago I was…
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Zero Tolerance for Anger Is Easier than Minimum Tolerance

We Rarely Learn Zero Tolerance for Anger Growing Up Like many of us, Maureen was raised in a home where anger was expressed with such regularity that it was accepted as normal. Because of what Maureen learned at home, she used anger a lot…
A Time-Out for You

A Time-Out for You

A few days ago I was talking to my son Mike on the phone, and he described an interaction with his two children, Sydney, six years old, and Jack, four. In the next room, Mike heard Sydney steadily elevating the tone and volume of her voice as…

Use Your Words

Every day I see or hear about children who speak with anger—even rage—at their parents, usually about something they didn’t get or about a parent’s instructions to do something they didn’t want to do. We have become so accustomed to…

Controlling the Fire

As I work in the backyard—pruning, picking up sticks, cutting down trees that are failing under the overhead canopy, and more—I generate large piles of material that need to be burned. The city will carry away small amounts of brush, but…
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Would You Like a Pacifier?

Mark told me he was angry at his partner, Salina. He had quite a list of complaints, in fact. I got up from my chair and found a remnant from past visits from grandchildren, a pacifier—that plastic-rubber object called a dummy or soother…
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Giving Up Our Beauty

The other day I stood in the driveway as I looked out at the backyard. A friend came up behind me and said, “It looks a little like the Garden of Eden probably did, don’t you think?” “Yes, actually, I do,” I replied. Over a period…
Link by Link - Real Love Blog
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Link by Link

We are born free, but then—link by link—we are chained by fear, loneliness, and anger.
When You Use Anger to Protect Yourself - Real Love Blog
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When You Use Anger to Protect Yourself

The moment you use anger to protect yourself, you risk burning down the entire house, with you inside.
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Anger

Anger is like emotionally killing people and then later expecting them to spring to life when we want them to be useful.
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The Immediate Reward of Anger

Through twenty books and uncounted video chats, we have established that anger is always wrong. It’s like a cancer in the soul, destroying us personally and ruining our relationships. A single act of anger can inflict incalculable emotional…
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On Fire?

Just because the entire world is on fire and screaming, does not mean we have to set our own hair on fire.

The Price of Everything

A few days ago I was driving to the airport during rush hour. One driver swerved in and out like a maniac in the heavy and slow traffic. He tailgated me closely for a while, but then changed lanes and tailgated many other drivers. At one point…

Choose Prison?

If you knew that somebody planned to put you in prison unjustly for 20 years, you’d fight with all your might. But as we choose fear and anger ourselves, we willingly put ourselves in prison for a lifetime.

Stepping on the Rope

Many years ago I often took groups of Boy Scouts to rappel down cliffs from 10 to 200 feet high. We used static kernmantle climbing rope, which is composed of hundreds of tiny nylon fibers in the core (the kern) and hundreds more in the outer…

You Don't Have to Listen

If a drunk says you’re an idiot, and you’re offended, you ARE an idiot—for listening to a drunk. When people are angry, they’re drunk, and you don’t have to listen or get offended.
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The Cancer of Resentment

In another blog (Click Here for link), I discussed the need to move beyond mere forgiveness—which is often an act of arrogance—to a condition of complete acceptance and love toward others. But for a moment let’s go in the other direction…
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The Radiation of Feelings

Melissa called to complain about her job, which required a great deal of time and mental effort. She was too stressed by work to interact with her children at home, too stressed to be kind to her husband, too stressed for anything but her job…