A Gripe Box

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by Dionna Sanchez
Emphasis on Moms

I read about the idea of starting a Gripe Box once and loved the idea. As the mom of kids who sometimes bicker and complain, this can be a wonderful tool to diffuse anger. This can help everyone involved sort things out in a calm, rational manner.

Get a box or a jar - whatever you prefer and decorate it. Put it somewhere where you can see it on a daily basis - in your kitchen is a great spot. Then as you have gripes, you go in and write them down on a small piece of paper or an index card and put them in the box. At the end of every month, you can empty the box or jar out and take a look at everyone's gripes. You will all be surprised at how irrelevant most of them are at a later date. Some of them you might want to discuss and talk about, finding a solution or coming up with a plan for your children of how to handle the problem later on. You can teach each other how to problem - solve and how to work together as a team to talk out your gripes. Watch it even turn into a fun thing!

Dionna Sanchez loves the daily reminders her children give her to invest her love and time into what really matters... them. Visit her website at http://www.EmphasisOnMoms.com/

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