The Mother Flipping Awesome Podcast
Season 4, The Before & After Series;
Episode 5: My 12-Year-Old on Learning to Manage Anger
In this special series, Abigail focuses on what transformation really looks like for the families she mentors.
In this episode, we meet Arthur, Abigail's younger son, now 12. Arthur is a chef, a drummer, a builder, and an artist. He is also a kid who has struggled with BIG feelings at times, and would sometimes be quick to anger. Together, we have built some beautiful systems of thinking and acting that have helped him tame that, and today he shares them with all of you.
This week I speak with my youngest son who is now twelve. We explore his journey through anger: how it used to control him, and how he learned to control IT instead.
1:40 Meet Abigail's youngest son.
2:50 Arthur shares a funny story about "tricking" Mommy into having him join her on the podcast!
4:15 The New York Times interview.
5:27 What it looked like for Arthur before he learned to manage his anger.
7:00 How he used his passion for cooking as a great landscape for learning to control his emotions.
7:30 A story about how some missing salt ultimately taught him growth mindset, and helped him handle disappointment.
11:30 Abigail’s secret tip of actually trying to do things wrong.
12:50 The day Arthur actually helped mom reset!
14:30 How Arthur uses his passion for drums to help him physically reset.
16:26 The perils of letting a kid get "hangry," and why cold lemonade might be your best friend in those moments.