Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: How you want to react to your child’s anger.
PRACTICE: Today, think of several recent angry outbursts by your child. Think of times when she didn’t want to do as she was told, and you failed to enforce a rule because you were afraid of or embarrassed by her anger.
Rate your usual responses in these situations. You can score ½ points, if you think you are between ratings (1½, 2½, 3½).
1 point: I really don’t think about this as a problem. I’m usually just glad I have avoided a tantrum. If I ignore the situation or give-in to my child, it is easier on everybody.
2 points: I know this is a problem, but it doesn’t seem like the biggest problem I have. I know I should enforce rules but usually just can’t face the tantrums.
3 points: I know it is important to follow through with rules and not give in, but I just don’t know what to do when tantrums start. I feel guilty when I give in or lose my own temper.
Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THAT MAKES ME MAD!. 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 What You Need to Know about an Angry Child, Part 1.