"Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.

Why Saying "Calm Down" To Your Kids Doesn't Actually Work

"Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.

Feelings Thermometer made from paint samples for TF-CBT therapy I created with clients. Teens used their own words as the gages and younger clients used #s.

Feelings Thermometer made from paint samples for TF-CBT therapy I created with clients. Teens used their own words as the gages and younger clients used #s.

Problems, triggers & reactions. Understanding & addressing our own triggers & resulting behaviours. The start of the journey of change.

Problems, triggers & reactions. Understanding & addressing our own triggers & resulting behaviours. The start of the journey of change.

Handout to teach kids about deep breathing for relaxation. Great tool to help kids calm down when worried, angry, or hyper. Click to download the pdf!

Handout to teach kids about deep breathing for relaxation. Great tool to help kids calm down when worried, angry, or hyper. Click to download the pdf!

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