573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 31

The way you approach an issue can set the tone for how your kids will behave. your family is more likely to relax. Set a calm example, because we all know that ‘do what I say, not what I do’ never works. Kids follow examples. Let your kids see you using positive coping mechanisms to deal with stress, such as exercising, discussing your feelings appropriately, and doing special things for yourself. Your kids will pick up cues from you and use some of these strategies on their own. The way you approach an issue can set the tone for how your kids will behave. Set up conditions for positive behavior. We are more likely to react emotionally when tired, hungry, stressed, or overstimulated. Remember – kids get hungry more often and become tired more easily. Physical exhaustion and lack of sleep can lead to increased stress and anxiety, and one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety is - you guessed it -getting enough rest. Have a contingency plan. Pack healthy snacks to balance inevitable sugary treats, a comforting pillow, and a relaxation CD. If you have to cut a visit short or say ‘no’ to an event, it truly won’t be the end of the world.