One of the best questions to ask your child (ages 5 and up) when they are starting to melt down. “Is this a small problem, a medium problem or a big problem?” This question helps them refocus the problem and help put it into perspective.
I also like to have both of us take a breath—small problems we take 2 slow breaths, medium problems 5 breaths and big problems 10. Now, hopefully, cooler heads are prevailing and you are ready to deal with the situation.
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