What's your best tip for not losing your temper?
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Take three deep breaths, get down low, and empathize with your child. They aren't trying to upset you, they are trying to get their needs met. It's up to us to teach them how to verbalize their feelings and to make them feel heard. Daily exercise doesn't hurt either!
if my son is being horrible and im about to lose it i picture an adult (preferably my husband) doing whatever my son is doing ie- falling on the ground in the middle of the store in a tantrum, crying because he dropped his cookie, or eating dogfood - and i instantly bust out laughing
I make myself speak quieter than he yells. The louder he gets I take a breath and speak even quieter, trying to figure out what the issue REALLY is. Yelling back just escalates things. When I can't handle it I just walk away - my son either figures things out on his own, or runs after me. I usually try to not pay attention until there are quieter kinder words being used if it's turned into a true 'tantrum'. I pause to explain that periodically and resume what I'm doing.
I've found that breastfeeding also makes us BOTH not lose out tempers. It forces a quiet 'time-out' for both.