One of the best bits of parental advice I have been given by a friend is this:
If your child is having a case of the attitudes, if they shout or speak to you in a rude manner, if they forget to say please, or thank you....
to help them think about their manner and give them time to take a breath and regroup,
say, "I think you should try that again."
This has been brilliant for me with my sometimes moody brood! It helps to diffuse overwhelming emotions - on both sides! Of course, there are times when a little person's emotions are completely out of control and in need of a different strategy, but 4 times out of 5, this works a treat.
So, thanks, Deb! Mwah!!
Do you have a favourite handy parenting hint to offer?
What helps to calm your little people down?
On another note, we had another 'magic day' yesterday - the weather was glorious, and we took the opportunity to head east to Cheyne's Bay/Beach, hence the photo at the top. Beautiful day!
Hoping you all had a lovely weekend.