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TAKE A PARENTAL TIME-OUT!

Everybody knows about time-outs for kids. (If you’re an exception, read the Discipline ParenTips on this website.)

A parent may need a time-out, too. Actually there are two kinds of Parental Time-outs that I recommend: the Emergency Parental Time-out and the Elective Parental Time-out.

THE EMERGENCY PARENTAL TIME-OUT should be self-administered every time you feel yourself losing control. I have a slogan for new parents, “BEFORE YOU EXPLODE OR DROP, STOP!” In order for you to use this advice wisely you must figure out how you feel JUST BEFORE you start screaming at your kids.

Don’t think you’re the only parent in the world who gets angry at your kids. We all do. But we learn to stay in control, not only to spare our children the anguish of having an angry parent who yells at them but also because screaming and spanking simply don’t work.

The trick to staying in control is to recognize when your normal emotional feelings are about to boil over. That’s the time for your Parental Time-out. Simple to do. Just leave the room after ensuring that your kids are safe. Put a baby in the crib or playpen, tell an older child you need a Parental Time-out and JUST LEAVE.

Yes, the kids may cry but that’s a whole lot better than seeing you explode. Kids are terrified by out-of-control parents.

Take a few deep breaths, walk around the room­whatever works for you. When you’ve calmed down, resume your parenting.

THE ELECTIVE PARENTAL TIME-OUT is a bit more controversial. Parenting is a tough job. The job description calls for you to work 24/7, 52 weeks a year, for 20 years with no vacation.

Although I never recommend leaving a baby or young child with a stranger, I do advocate that parents use reliable, referenced sitters so they can have a night out together every week or so. Ideally a grandparent will volunteer to stay for an occasional weekend so the parents can get away alone. Marriages need nurturing just as children do.

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