Parents & Providers

Here are some Ideas to Help Reduce Stress.

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at Your Child

  • The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out — STOP!
  • Try any of these simple alternatives. You’ll feel better… and so will your child.
  • Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.
  • Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.
  • Press your lips together and count to 10… or better yet, to 20.
  • Put yourself in a time-out chair. Think about why you are angry: is it your child, or is your child simply a convenient target for your anger?
  • Phone a friend.
  • If someone can watch the children, go outside and take a walk.
  • Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face.
  • Hug a pillow.
  • Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along.
  • Pick up a pencil and write down as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list.
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