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BOILING OVER?? STOP!! TAKE TIME OUT!!!

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If you are boiling over, don’t take it out on your kids! Try any or all of these simple alternatives – whatever works for you.
  • Take a deep breath. And another. Then remember, you are the adult.

  • Close your eyes and imagine you are hearing what your child is about to hear.

  • Press your lips together and count to ten. Or better yet, to 20.

  • Exercise to release tension.

  • Phone a friend.

  • If someone can watch your child, go outside and take a walk.

  • Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face.

  • Turn on some music, maybe even sing a song.

  • Drink a glass of cold water.

  • Rethink about what you want to say and what you want to do.

  • Empathize and try to understand the point of view of the person who is making you angry.

  • If you do lash out, apologize.

Encourage your children to practice these techniques also. Empower your children by setting the example for how to deal with anger.

Ask Dr. Susan