Keeping It Cool
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
Source: The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital
- 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.