Posts Tagged "mad"

“I’m gonna hit him”

“I’m gonna hit him”

My preschooler came out of her room and stomped once. I carried her back to bed. As I turned to leave, she called out: “When we were camping, C wanted to be alone, and I kept at him, and he hurt me. He hit me first. I hit him second. Next time we go camping, I'm going to hurt C.” “Then I'm afraid we can't go camping with C,” I said gently, hoping she would see the error in her ways (but...

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If Kids Fighting Makes You Mad

If Kids Fighting Makes You Mad

How can you open doors to connection instead of slamming them shut (literally) when kids fighting sets you off? I was invited to answer this question for a reader of Hands Free Mama blog. Our Q&A is reprinted below with permission, edited for brevity and clarity.   QUESTION: Do you have any suggestions on how to handle sibling fighting?   I am a Type A, list-following,...

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Anger CAN DOs

Anger CAN DOs

When a child is angry, SAY WHAT YOU SEE (SWYS) sounds like this: SWYS: "You didn't like that," or "You're really angry!" Often one objective response is enough to keep you from reacting with anger yourself and to create an opening for the child to communicate more. One of the main principles of SAY WHAT YOU SEE is that everything children say and do is a communication; and that they must continue...

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