Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 25, 1973 · Page 66
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 66

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, February 25, 1973
Page 66
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By Jmige Bertrude Bmeoi Especially for FAMILY WEEKLY When^Hi mnt to Hit ^ A toddler dribbles a trail of toys across the living room his mother has just cleaned up— A second grader refuses to eat the hot lunch his mother has prepared for him A young brother and sister have been squabbling all morning. . . . There are moments in every mother's life when her children drive her up the wall. She feels like screaming, hitting, knocking heads together. As the founder of the New York chapter of Parents Anonymous, I talk to such mothers—and iathers-every day. Like the alcoholic who calls Alcoholics Anonymous, or the bettor who calls Gamblers Ancnymous, paretfts with problems have now begun to call PA chapters in a number of cities. Some of the parents wjw call are seri- oudy troubled jieople, such as those I often saw during my years as a Family Court judge. Others feel themselves being driven over the edge. Most of the callers, however, are just "normal," everyday mothers and fathers who get terribly angry at their children. They need help in calming down and finding better ways to cope than raising their hands or voices to a little child. Here are some ideas that we at Parents Anonymous have found to really work: 1."I must be a bad mother," a frantic " 'I must be a bad mother. Or else I've got a bad baby. It won't stop crying, and I can't stand it.'" young woman said to me recently. "Or else I've got a bad baby. It won't stop crying, and I can't stand it" Of course. neither she nor her baby is "bad." Nobody ever told this young womaii that it can be unnerving when a baby cries, that it can be nauseating when a toddler throws up all over the rug, that it can be mfuriating when a schoolchild won't listen. As a result, she's fri^tened and ashamed of her own emotions toward her child, and that makes her even angrier at him. The first step in handling anger and impatience toward children is to accept the fact that these are honest, human and universal feelings. 2. The way we handle our anger is an ( '-i "foam , ....... cvwy pound of Mrs Margarine. Theyte reusable Our whipped margarine is douiste ekba flavor. ^ it spreads 50% more bread ^ So it s»«s you money, too, . , . V SartoJllectingParty Cups inaH 5 exatingcc3lors ye«ow. orange, and blue. Thea as soon as you empty one, you can fin it up again. Mrs Wbeits-the margarine most people cant ti^^

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