It is important to calm down when you are upset to be able to make good decisions. Last week we practiced calming down before anything had happened by learning how to take deep breathes. It is also good for kids’ development to see and understand that there are different ways of calming down when you are upset. Sometimes it takes longer time and sometimes less time. This is true for both adults and children. Remember that you are their role model. In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” we’ll exchange experiences of calming down with our kids.
Exercise; Let your children draw what they usually do to calm down when they are upset, angry, disappointed, sad etc. If you are more than one – show the drawings to each other
Ask; Can you tell me about your drawing? Take turns explaining what you have drawn.
- Do you want to calm down when you are upset?
- How do you know when you are calm?
- How long does it take for you to calm down?
- How does your body feel when you are calm?
- How well does your method for calming down work?
- Is there anything else you would like to do to calm down?
Purpose; To let the family/kids exchange their experiences of calming down. To give examples of various techniques.
Want to experience more? It is extra valuable if you as an adult participate in this exercise and tell what you do to calm down when you are upset. Emphasize the amount of feelings we have and that it is human. To have feelings is not to be weak. Once again, remember that you are the role model.