Angry teenagers

Tonight, my daughter stormed about the house, showering her angry words down upon me. To console myself, I reached for Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Creating True Peace. He gave me a wonderful formula that I wrote down and plan on posting somewhere in my car! When dealing with an angry child, he suggests:

  1. Say to the child: I want to listen to you.
  2. Ask your child to breathe first.
  3. Suggest that your child now calmly tell you everything.