Letting Children Blow Off Steam (8-9-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Your child can feel all of her feelings.

PRACTICE:   Make a “fuss box” for your child today.

You can use a cardboard box open open on the top and on one whole side (a three-sided and no top box).

Make it large enough that he can stand in it and rant and rave about anything he is upset about.

Put the box in an open but out-of-the-way place in the house.  Add some pillows that your child can punch.  Show him how to use the fuss box.

When you see him acting upset today, tell him to go use his fuss box for a few minutes.

When he leaves his fuss box he needs to tell you one thing he is going to do about the situation.  It needs to be something that won’t hurt anybody or any thing. (Thanks to author Jean Illsley Clarke for the fuss box idea.)

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.

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