It’s often difficult to remain calm in the midst of a toddler’s storm. However, it is totally possible to redirect, or even teach your child when tempers are surging. Try one simple technique of breathing which is calming, and forcing deep breaths. The next time you feel frustrated, need to gain control, or address a misbehavior, take the time to smell the roses. Bring your fingers to your nose, as if holding a bouquet of rose buds, and breathe in, very deeply. Now, as if holding a lit candle in your left palm, blow it out, long and slow, exhaling everything. Even a young child can learn how to self-regulate, as he watches you take control by taking time to smell the roses! There are several other, very effective breathing, self-regulating techniques which children love to practice in the car or before bed. Take time to teach your child one technique each week, and within just over a month, you can prompt him to “fill up like a balloon”, “become a pretzel”, “drain out all the water (and stress!)”, and more. Children of all ages will be successful with these fun yoga positions and medatative breathing, while learning to calm down, self-regulate, and de-stress. Have fun together while you learn, relax and breathe deeply. Read the full article, “Control your temper, then teach your child”.