Mommy Anger: My Confession and Why You’re NOT Alone

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Becoming a Less Angry Mom (It Is Possible)

I had an amazing mom moment this week. You know, those moments when you realize that finally some growth is happening?

Except this time I was the one who had grown.

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Let me share a story.

Last Thursday, while our family was studying Bible verses on keeping peace and handling anger, my eleven-year-old suddenly started crying as he shared his Bible verse (Matthew 5:9).

I started crying too as he choked out these words:

“Mom, you are the one who keeps the peace around here when we’re all angry at each other. I’m so grateful for you.”

He came over to where I was sitting and gave me a massive, tear-laden hug.

I was utterly blown away: First, at my son’s beautiful expression of emotion; and second, as I realized this:

I’d (finally) made great progress toward being a less angry mom (something I never thought possible).

That’s my heart behind the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course.

Friend, I know that it’s not easy to manage mommy anger, and I want you to feel victorious and confident too.

In this life-transforming course, you will:

  • Get to the root of your anger.
  • Develop effective in-the-moment anger strategies
  • Discover ways to manage ongoing anger.
  • Create YOUR plan to change (customized to your anger struggles)
  • Encouragement, support and help as you make these changes!

How does the course work?LARGE-7DLAM-logo-image

Step 1: Watch one of the 7 video teachings (each 10-18 minutes long)

Step 2: Dig deeper by going through that lesson’s homework pages. This is where you create your custom plan to change!

Step 3: Check in with the private Facebook group periodically for encouragement, to ask questions, or to share stories! (optional–you don’t have to participate if you’re not comfortable)

 

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3 Steps to Becoming Less Angry

What was my process to becoming less angry? It started with these 3 simple steps.

These are easy ways that any mom–yes, even you!–can turn up the calm and combat anger.

I want to share them with you on the next page. It’s my free gift to you!

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Beth @ Pages and Margins - February 17, 2016 Reply

This is really helpful. Thanks for posting!

Michele Morin - February 17, 2016 Reply

I have sent myself to my room a good many times during those days of little kids and lots of churning emotions. I’m sure this post will help a good many women who are in the trenches now!

    Alicia Michelle - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Hi Michele! Yep. I’ve had to send myself to my room many times too. LOL! Thank you for the encouragement. And yes, it is my prayer that many folks will be helped by my story and by how God is changing me. Thanks for sharing!

Lara @MommyKazam - February 17, 2016 Reply

The struggle is definitely real with mom anger! It’s a moment by moment choice and struggle around here, too. I’ve found that my biggest trigger is when my little man back-talks and throws tantrums when he’s told to do something seemingly basic, and many times I have to walk away for a minute and cool off to keep from yelling and worsening the situation.

    Alicia Michelle - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Ooooohhhh, yes… tantrums are a huge anger trigger for so many of us! The power in learning what our anger triggers are is that we don’t have to be surprised when they happen (and we react with anger). We can anticipate them and therefore plan strategies in those “cooler-headed” moments. Walking away and cooling off is a great strategy.

    For me, I often find myself not only angry that the situation happens, but angry that it keeps happening over and over! So part of my anger strategy has been acceptance–accepting that this is where my child may be emotionally/developmentally, and that I need to stop being surprised by this. Not that we don’t try to help our kids to grow out of this stage or out of this behavior (because we do want to do this), but instead we can accept that change takes TIME and that we don’t have to be mad when the behavior keeps happening. Hope that makes sense.

    Praying for all of us as we continue to sort out these mom anger moments and seek to bring blessing to our kids (and to not inflame the situation).

Jenn - February 17, 2016 Reply

Wow, this is such a great post! I can get so incredibly angry with my little guy. I know logically he is just too small to really know what he’s doing, but I can easily get so impatient with him. I love the scriptures you shared, especially the simple beatitude on being a peacemaker. Something I heard recently that can help me put things in perspective is that I wouldn’t get mad or yell in social situations – if I can control my anger there, surely I can do so at home as well. I just need to find a better way to get it out! Thanks for sharing!

    Alicia Michelle - February 20, 2016 Reply

    Jenn, YES, I totally agree! If we can keep that thought of “What would I do if I were in public right now?” it can make a big difference! I appreciate that you’ve shared your story here! Blessings to you!

Essential Homestead - February 18, 2016 Reply

Great post. Thank you!

Lisa Nelson - February 19, 2016 Reply

My biggest triggers come at night time. Mostly not going to bed and messing around, tantrums (which I despise) and just being slow doing things.

When I feel like I’m going to blow my top, I stop, take a deep breath (it’s very intentional) and remember that children are people. They are people that have preferences. Just like adults who are asked to do things they don’t want to do, they will push back.

So, I just calmly ask again and explain why I am asking.

If I do make a mistake, I immediately apologize and tell them that they don’t deserve that type of talk from me or anyone else. It’s not right. Everybody makes mistakes, and mom is no exception. Then I go about my calm steps – but at that point, they do what I said – cause they are just scared. I don’t like them being scared of me.

    Alicia Michelle - February 20, 2016 Reply

    I love what you have to say here! I love that you say that “children are people with preferences.” That is so true. There is so much wisdom in your words. Thank you for sharing!

Amanda - February 20, 2016 Reply

I can’t stand when my daughter gets under my feet. She has a habit of hugging my legs while I’m trying to cook.

pamecrement - February 21, 2016 Reply

Hi Alicia!

What an excellent post! My children are now adults with children of their own, but I so much wish I would have had this post ‘back then’. It didn’t happen often, but my daughter and I both recall my worst moment when she was running in the house (We did not have a large house and the rule was not to run because it really was not a safe activity.) and knocked over a very special ceramic handmade angel a good friend had created for me. I lost it that afternoon. It had been one too many things that day and then I didn’t think the angel could be replaced which added to my ire. What stopped me cold was seeing my daughter frightened at my outburst. She would often kiddingly tell the story of that afternoon and confided that she had wet her panties out of her fear. Ouch!! Then I recall the day well when she called me to say she would never bring it up again even I jest because she had just had one of those “mom moments of anger” herself and she heaped grace and mercy on me for that time years ago when I lost it! Keep putting these great helps out there. They are on point and very encouraging! Visiting today from the linkup at Grace and Truth.

    Alicia Michelle - February 25, 2016 Reply

    Wow. What a powerful story! I think we’ve all had those moments, Pam, where we get angry and we say/do something that we never thought we would. How amazing that, although it was difficult for your daughter at the time, she has been able to come full circle now and to relate to your struggles as a young mom! Now that I’m a mom, I have encountered that situation many times where I can relate to situations that happened in my childhood with my mom. I get it a lot more.

    Thank you for your great encouragement in this area. My desire is to share whatever the Lord is teaching me, and to allow Him to guide me in my online ministry to women. I’m so glad that you stopped by from Grace and Truth and I pray that you stop by again! Blessings to you, and thank you again for sharing your beautiful story!

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Cherie - March 14, 2016 Reply

Hi there, Thank you for posting. I was at my whits end a little while ago and definitely didn’t respond in a lower tone, but I will try that approach next time. Thank you again.

sue - March 14, 2016 Reply

As mothers we have so many claims on our time that we sometimes just can’t cope. I’m sure this post will help many mothers out there so thank you for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon.

Christina @ Martha, Martha - March 15, 2016 Reply

Man, I’ve been there. Where was this 8 years ago when I was desperate for answers?! Thankfully, God led me through it with the same techniques you’ve outlined here. I’ve also learned one funny trick to turning a bad day/bad mood around, before I get to the anger point. http://www.marthamarthablog.com/turn-your-day-around-in-30-seconds-change-your-life-in-2-minutes/

    Alicia Michelle - March 18, 2016 Reply

    Hi Christina! How awesome to hear that God has grown you here too! And thank you for sharing your tip here!

Melinda - March 18, 2016 Reply

Sometimes grandma anger too! I also shared this with my sister.
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Dee - March 19, 2016 Reply

Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. 🙂

Lisa/SyncopatedMama - March 22, 2016 Reply

I’m usually a pretty patient person, but gee whiz, these kids of ours can sure set us off sometimes, can’t they? Thanks so much for sharing this great post at #FridayFrivolity this week!

Stacy - March 30, 2016 Reply

This couldn’t be more true! My twins were fighting terribly on Good Friday and I “reminded” them about what Jesus was preparing for on that day two thousand years ago. A few hours later my kids emerged from their rooms with hugs, telling me how much they loved and appreciated me and our family. I think sometimes even we need to give our little ones time to use their own thoughts. Great post. I will definitely be using these great tools!

    Alicia Michelle - March 30, 2016 Reply

    Fantastic, Stacy!! I love hearing this story of healing. Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad you stopped by!

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