Controlling Your Temper with Your Kids

Think Global:  From the Show-Me State! Stretch your own emotional intelligence!  Next time your child acts with disrespect, bypass a power struggle and put these steps in action.  

Seven options for responding in the moment, and advice on why to teach later once everyone has cooled off.  Good advice from Nicole Schwarz, a Missouri-based therapist and author:

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Decode behavior
  3. Empathy
  4. Check the time
  5. Slow it down
  6. Let it go
  7. Connect

Act Local:

Teach these steps to your child by making cartoon drawings together that illustrate these Healthy responses.  This list is sponsored by the letter “H”! 

  1. Hug your child-  just because they are in pain.
  2. Hunger-check your child (and yourself).  Like the Snicker’s commercial, You’re just not you when you are hungry!
  3. How come?  Why is my child acting this way?
  4. wHoa!  
  5. inHale, exHale
  6. Hold off and respond later
  7. Have a Heart and empathize

Or Have some fun with this and make your own easy-to-remember list for anger emergencies!  You can OWN this!

This photo “Funny Faces 1” by J Aaron Farr copyright 2008 is made available by Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

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