If you’re angry with your kids, the last thing you want to do is yell at them and heighten the situation. You may be wondering what you can do to stay in control of your emotions. While it’s certainly not easy, it can be done.
Here are four ways to keep calm when angry at your kids:
- Take a deep breath. Count to 10. Walk into another room for a few moments. Do whatever you can to stay calm, maintain your composure, and avoid responding the way you may want to.
- Let your child know when you’re thinking without yelling. For example, you might tell your son that he’s made you angry, hurt your feelings or embarrassed you in public. Be sure to stay it in a calm tone of voice to prevent things from escalating.
- Figure out the reason your child is acting out. Kids are more likely to misbehave when they’re tired, cranky, hungry or bored. Replace your feelings of anger with questions about what may have sparked your child’s tantrum.
- Try to prevent problems before they arise. If you have a feeling that your child is about to have a meltdown, do whatever you can to prevent it. If possible, find ways to occupy your child to prevent her from acting out.
These are just four ways to keep calm when angry at your kids but they are not all the ways. You might think of some more on your own. Staying calm helps set a good example for your child.