One of my daughter's biggest challenges is learning to control her emotions. She can get really upset over what appears to be minor things to anyone else. But to her? We're talking BIG DEAL! She has a variety of coping techniques she can use, but when she's having an "off" day, she has a hard time keeping her cool and can cry. Occasionally, some door-slamming might be involved as well. It really upsets me when this happens. But then I remember back to how I was when I was her age.
I distinctly remember slamming my share of doors too. In fact, I think I slammed a lot more doors than my daughter does. I also remember being quite sensitive and crying quite easily too. But I don't remember crying over the minutia that my daughter can cry over.
Nevertheless, we're trying to figure out how to work with our daughter to get her to express her anger or frustration in a different way. Today, for example, she told me about something that happened that caused her to be really upset. She handled the situation really well though. I complimented her on not crying and being flexible. She told me that she was really sad about the situation though. I stressed that feeling sad is perfectly fine. The important thing is how you handle it.
I'm hoping that my daughter learns the different techniques to deal with life's frustrations. We all know that life loves to hand us frustrating situations at every turn. Rage doesn't really help solve problems. As my daughter will add, "Rage only helps create new problems!"
Personally, I find a sense of humor comes in really handy!
What do you do to keep the rage away?