How It Began
The Evolution of the Grump Meter
Like a compass on a long hike, the Grump Meter offers a tool for the journey that we humans travel many times a day. The journey takes us up the meter and down, then up and down again. We live with changes in our moods throughout our days, but there is the possibility of avoiding the extremes of emotional outbursts and staying in the middle of the climb, to modulate and mediate our angry responses and actions.
The Grump Meter works, but not by itself. It needs parents, kids, and sometimes caregivers and teachers to use it. Using it means keeping our eyes on it and on each other. It means finding words to talk about what's going on with our upset and angry moods and behavior. It involves finding new and creative responses to prevent and decrease destructive outbursts
Four Grump Meters made by Teenagers
Kids use the Grump Meter in so many ways. They tell each other about it, teach each other how to use it, and teach their families. Kids even tell the judges in their court hearings that they're learning anger control with the Grump Meter.
People are glad to have new avenues for talking about anger and feelings in their families, and grateful for the possibility that everyone really can safely express and control their anger. Parents smile when they see it. Using the Grump Meter with families, we constantly discover new kinds of conversations to have, new words to use. As you use the Grump Meter, bring your own insight and ask your own questions with your children. The Grump Meter works as we work with it.
Lynn explains all about the Grump Meter on Better Kansas City, a KC talk show. Watch to find out more.