- Take a timeout.They’re not just for kids. Stop what you are doing and sit down for two minutes. It’s enough time to take it all in and re-approach the situation at hand.
- Take three deep breaths. The release will help your mind and body wind down, making you less likely to blow up.
- Say “I love you.” You will forget what you were so wound up about. Sure the child gets away with their crime, but it keeps Mommy from going to jail.
- Respond with an act of love. Instead of chastising, give your child a hug. After a few seconds, tell them their behavior is not OK and its upsets you.
- Mimic their poor behavior. If your child is on the floor yelling, get down and do it, too. You can only laugh at yourself, and your child will stop in amazement at what you’re doing.
- Take out a newborn baby picture. Joyful memories of the birth day come back and make it hard to be mad.
- Put in some quality time. Drop EVERYTHING you are doing and devote 10 minutes of undivided attention to the child.
- Write down your feelings. Writing can be therapeutic. Putting your thoughts and feelings on paper can also help you recognize areas for improvement in your life.
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