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10 Ways to Ditch the Grouch

By mandycheney |

So, we get grouchy. And we all do our own funny (or not-so-funny) things when our grouch-meter spikes (like these funny things). Being tired and other factors may set us off (like these 21 things), and ROAR….watch out people!

Our families know when the grouch comes and they know whether or not they should mess with us in a particular moment. My husband knows when to intervene and save my poor children from my irrational wrath. He also knows when NOT to intervene and try to talk me out of it. I have to de-grouch on my own. I have my own ways of de-grouching…and I’d love to know what yours are!

(Click through to see the 10 ways I ditch the grouch)

What do you do when your Oscar pops out of the garbage can, dismisses the lovely day and starts spewing grouchiness at everyone around? You know you do it sometimes, and I admit that I do too.

Take yesterday for example. I haven’t slept in weeks (ding, ding, ding, that’s my ultimate grouchy trigger), I can’t bend over anymore because my belly is stretched out to Africa, I haven’t left my house by myself in I don’t know how long because I need an escort, and I’m constantly cleaning up toddler pee. Those all happen to be chart-topping, get-mommy-grouchy things.

So, I did everyone a favor and took myself away for a mini vacation. I broke the rules and went to the store by myself (I’m a hazard these last few weeks of pregnancy). I know, I’m such a rebel. I even played bumper carts with fellow Easter shoppers. Ohhhh, that was a good time!

So, here’s a list of ways to ditch the grouch, and in the comments below, I’d love to know how you kick Oscar to the curb…

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I call my sister when I need some help leaving grouch-land. She always says just the right thing, and helps put perspective on my little mole-hills that I've turned into mountains. Moms are also helpful in these kinds of situations.


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Mandy Cheney is a writer and mother of 4 residing in Utah. She was a Parenting blogger at Babble.

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2 thoughts on “10 Ways to Ditch the Grouch

  1. mom161213 says:

    Some of the things you do to help calm yourself down, I do as well. Some tricks I use include,

    Washing the dishes with my ipod on jamming to music, sitting down and drinking coffee, taking the dogs outside or just sitting on my step outside, or if all else fails I lock myself in the one room in the house I can find privacy – my bathroom.

  2. mandycheney says:

    I have done the dishes with my ipod CRANKED before! I relate! Thanks for sharing!

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