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  1. Breathe deeply and slowly while counting to 10...or 20...or 100!
  2. Listen to soothing music or imagine a peaceful scene.
  3. If you can leave your child alone, go outside for a walk.
  4. Splash cold water on your face.
  5. Phone a friend. It helps to share your concerns.
  6. Try laughing. Humor helps defuse many situations.
  7. If your child is old enough, try to compromise or collaborate.
  8. Remember that we all slip up at times, including your child.
  9. Take breaks from your child so you can both enjoy your time together.
  10. Praise your child's good qualities so you encourage positive behavior.
  11. Out of Ideas?
  12. Consider parenting classes or professional counseling.

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  -- David A. - Dallas, TX

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