Well, I guess by now the word is out that my child can get a little, no a lot, angry. Its also pretty known by now, if you are have been around this year that I don’t have any trouble digging through the trenches with you and sharing the journey of parenting an angry child.
As we close out this year, I can’t help but think back on the top posts from the year and reflect on why they were successful. When I looked over all of my parenting posts from this year, it became quite clear that the most popular posts where the ones with a certain theme… angry children.
So when a bunch of other parents decided to gather up their top parenting posts, I thought this would be a great time to reach out one more time to the parents who seem to be struggling with how to parent their loved one.
Top Posts for Parenting an Angry Child
1. 15+ Sure Fire Ways to Calm an Angry Child– this post by far has been the most popular post on my site with well over 300,000 views. That is a lot of angry kids. I am not sure if I should be sad that others have so many struggles or happy that others are finding positive ways to love these children and help them cope and regulate during and after meltdowns. I love how this post includes some simple preventative ideas as well as in the moment strategies. I actually plan to write more on this subject this year, as I have been asked over and over again about other things we are trying.
2. Lego Calm Down Jar– This one isn’t as much a “parenting” posts as it is a tool for your toolbox. There are a lot of “calm down jars” out there, but one reason I think this post has been so successful is because of the explanation of what they are and how you can use a calm down jar to help your child dealing with anger or big emotions.
3. Sensory Hacks to Calm an Angry Child– Again, this is more a toolkit than it is a post on how to parent your angry child. However, as popular as it has been, it has proven that having a toolkit of ideas handy is one of the best things you can do to help your child in the moment.
Have you noticed a theme in the top three posts of the year? Put together like this, it’s pretty obvious that there are a few tips for calming angry children that people seem to gravitate towards. I can honestly say that the lego calm down jar, the cardboard rocket and our essential oils have been the most effective in our toolbox this year, but I could not have made it this year without talking about some of the touchy parenting topics that come up with an angry child.
4. What is Sensory Processing? Boy, do I wish I had known about this years ago when I was trying to understand my angry child. Not to say that all children that have intense emotions have sensory struggles, but knowing about them can be super helpful in figuring out the best parenting strategies and sensory strategies to try.
5. Decoding Everyday Kid Behaviors – This is one of my favorite series from this year. With over 30 other parents and educators, we dug deep to understand the root cause of so many common childhood behaviors, including anger and aggression. This is an excellent starting place for any behavior that might have you baffled.
6. Punishing (Spanking) an Angry Child– Woah! This one hit a nerve. The day it was published it was seen over 100,000 times and had over 4.5K shares on Facebook overnight. Then, it just stopped being shared. You see its not really a subject people want to talk about, but it is so important. Just over the holidays I was told (again) how spanking my child would make him better and help him stop slamming doors and yelling at us. This next year I am contemplating a series all about the struggles of disciplining a child with intense emotions.
7. What You Don’t Know About “That Kid” – More often than not, “that kid” is pretty angry and has a lot of aggression. Many times, that kid is very misunderstood and wishes others could see the child they really are. I know as a parent, there are so many times I wish others could see my kid for who I see, especially him.
I wouldn’t say that the following posts were necessarily the most popular posts of the year on the blog (I think some might have been missed, or maybe just not as many had a need for them). What ever the reason, I still think that if you have a child that can get extremely angry, you need as many tips and posts to help you not feel alone. These are some of MY FAVORITES!
8. 5 Simple Words Any Parent Needs To Hear (Especially During a Meltdown)- I don’t want to spoil the surprise… so just read it, if you haven’t. I wish I could plaster this one across billboards for mothers everywhere to read!
9. Why I Refuse to Tell You How to Be a Better Parent Man, on those really bad days, not only do you need to know you aren’t alone… you need to know there are some things you are doing right! Hopefully this post gives you that!
10. Peaceful Parenting with Family Meetings– This simple 3 step process has been instrumental in helping us deal with family “blow-ups” and talk about how to handle the situations in the future. We have worked together as a family to build respect and understanding for everyone in the house so that we can have a more peaceful home.
I’m not the only one sharing awesome parenting tips and rounding up the year! You will definitely want to hop over to check out the top parenting posts of 2014. I know I will be hopping over and pinning and saving for the year to come, so I have everything in one place and a great toolkit to start the year!
So what is next for the new year? I am so excited to have so many ideas from Project Sensory to joining forces with parenting expert, Amy McCready to share tips on how to get our angry children to listen and get along without yelling and nagging them. More information coming very soon, but if you just can’t wait you can check out and RSVP for the FREE Webinar on April 15th, 2015.