Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sane Parent - Keep it Calm


One of the best gifts we can give our children is the gift of calm. Raising kids is tough. Life, our kids, lack of sleep can all contribute to us loosing our sense of balance. Doing our best to remain calm helps our kids feel safe and keeps us focused on the issues at hand. Removing ourselves from the situation for just a moment or two can save us. Try a couple of these tools for calming down.

1. STOP for one minute and do some deep breathing.

2. Take a walk around the block, do some jumping jacks, lift some weights. Use 5 minutes of exercise to push some of that anger out of your body.

3. Talk yourself off the ledge. Sometimes the words in our head get in our way instead of helping us. Talk yourself down. Use statements like, "It's going to be okay." "Ill just calm down and then go back to the kids."

4. Give yourself a time out. Just get out of the situation for a minute. Give yourself some space. Sometimes that's all you need.

Try these simple reminders for keeping yourself calm and see how it goes.

Do you have a tool that pulls you down and keeps you centered? Share it in the comments section! No registrtion needed!

Have a great week and enjoy those kids!


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