Inside: This simple parenting tip will help even the most hysterical pre-schooler calm down.
Has your child ever gotten so physically worked up that they can't stop crying? Has this happened at your house, too?
When my daughter was a preschooler, I'd give her a hug and say, "Let's take a big breath together, so we can calm down."
Sometimes this worked and other times, between breaths, she'd reply, "I. Can't. Stop. Crying."
I mentioned this issue to a good friend who ran a Montessori school for over two decades. Her experience working with young children astounds me. She quietly said ...
"Give her a glass of water."
I paused and asked, "Why?"
Why? After using this technique over and over again, I can tell you why NOW...
When you give your little one a cup of water they instinctively take a deep breath before drinking.
I cannot believe how well this SIMPLE trick works.
Sometimes my daughter will sob, "It's. Not. Working." To which I simply reply with empathy, "Then you must need another sip."
P.S. Learn how playing these three breathing games can help calm your child down faster when they get upset...
3 Breathing Exercises for Kids: Darth Vader, Rabbits and Rain Clouds… Oh My!
*This post is dedicated to Patti Filak. She also inspired this post on How to Run a Family Meeting.