There is no magic formula to parenting. Just when you feel you understand your two-year-old, she will turn three and you will feel like you are starting over. This is natural… but challenging! When your nerves are wearing thin, try one of these tips:

  • Put your hands in your pockets or behind your back
    This will help prevent you from using them to threaten or hit your child.
  • Take a deep breath
    Count to ten. Imagine that with each deep breath, you are letting out anger.
  • Take a break
    If your children are over the age of 9 and you feel it is safe to leave them alone for a few minutes, go for a brisk walk around the block.
  • Remove yourself from the room
    If you can’t leave the house, go into a separate room for at least three minutes and try to cool off.
  • Call a friend, family member, or crisis line
    Talk to someone about your situation.
  • Write it out
    Take a pen and paper and write everything that comes into your head, even the ugly stuff. Then crumple or tear it up and throw it away.
  • Get physical in a safe way
    Do fifteen jumping jacks or run up and down a set of stairs. Be careful and do not do this if you feel it will frighten your child.