Keeping It Cool

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Help ease tension in a public place

  • If a parent is having difficulties with his or her child, strike up a conversation with the adult to divert attention away from the child.
  • Or try to get the child's attention by talking to the child.
  • Avoid negative remarks or looks. These can increase the parent's anger and make matters worse.
  • Praise the child and parent at the first opportunity.
  • If a child is left unattended, stand by the child until the parent returns. If the parent doesn't return, contact an employee.
  • If you suspect abuse, call your local Children's Services agency.
  • But if thesituation is violent or the child is inimmediate danger, call 911.

How to cool down in a moment of your own anger

  • Take a few deep breaths. Remember - you are the adult.
  • Close your eyes and imagine what your child is about to hear.
  • Press your lips together and count to 10.
  • Put some space between you and your child.
  • Turn on some music and sing along.
  • Drink a glass of cold water.
  • Call a friend.
Source: The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital