Choose your favorite Grump and read on to fine out how he or she can become a contributing member of your family.
Whether it's Carl Fredrickson the loveable character from the movie Up; Tadar Sauce, the sour puss gone viral, Oscar the dumpster diving muppet or Disney’s dwarf with the prickly personality, believe it or not they are about to help you. Simply print out their picture (or better yet buy a plush or doll version!) and set it aside.
Then, when someone in your family is feeling cranky and taking it out on others, rather than engaging in the negative feelings simply retrieve your Grump and discreetly place him where he will be found (that spot on the couch, leaning against a bed pillow, on top of their electronic device etc.) You can have fun with this by predicting where your cranky person is likely to go in the near future. Don’t hand Grumpy directly to him, as this will feel confrontational. Just let him be found without a word. Chances are your person will laugh at his or her reflection and relax a little and just maybe, apologize. After Grumpy has done his job then mysteriously put him away until he is needed another day.
We have done this in our family for several years and it really is effective! Not only will everyone have a good laugh but it's a great way to increase your family's EQ (emotional intelligence).