Protecting Children from Their Own Anger (5-5-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:  To assure your child you will not let him hurt himself, others, or things when he is angry.

PRACTICE:  Today, if you see your child hitting, pushing, throwing, etc. help your child calm down and let him know you are protecting him from hurting himself, others, or things.

If he is young, you may need to use your friendly muscles to remove him from the situation or stop him from using his muscles to hurt people or things.

You can use time-out or time-in as tools for helping him to calm down. See the book TIME-IN by Jean Illsley Clarke and Cary Pillo for more about how to use time-in.

You can use a fuss box. Jean Illsley Clarke talks about the fuss box in her book, SELF-ESTEEM A FAMILY AFFAIR.

If today is not a day when you see him acting out his frustration, think back to a time he was and imagine how you could have helped him calm down at that time.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2.

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