Anger Off

Dear J—

I try to handle a lot myself instead of seeking the professional help I probably need for hoarding tendencies and anger management. I’ve been through enough touchy-deeply training at Edison, though, that I believe I can make an amateur, informed decision on what’s working and what’s not.

Anger with the kids – which extends to yelling at them – is sub-optimal for several reasons, not the least of which is this: it doesn’t work. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: “I just told you to stop” or “Why aren’t you listening?” And that’s a terrible thing strictly because most of the time they’re just being, well, they’re being a kid. There’s plenty of time to grow up and be an adult; we’re all in love with seeming prodigies but the truth is they wouldn’t be kids if they confessed they loved their coffee in the mornings and sat soberly at night like church deacons. Well, they’d still be kids, but they wouldn’t be the kids I love. Maybe someday when they’re adults I can point out the crazy things they’ve done but for now I’m just here to document and enjoy.

Mike

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