Blowing Off Steam (8-17-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   It can be helpful to blow off steam.

PRACTICE:      Make yourself a “fuss box” today.

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

Make it large enough that you can stand in it and rant and rave about anything you are upset about.

When you are done step out and say out loud one thing you will do about the situation that you are upset about.

If you feel silly at first, just keep using it over time until you feel the benefit of blowing off some steam.

(Thanks to author Jean Illsley Clarke for the fuss box idea. Also see Parenting Tip for August 9 for information about a fuss box for children.)

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 2.

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