Help me, I'm angry

Anger is a feeling. It isn't a bad thing, but all of us have to be careful about what we do and say when we feel angry. Here are some things to do:

  • Take a deep breath and let it out. Do this a second time. Do it again.
  • Close your eyes and imagine you are hearing what your child is about to hear.
  • If someone else can watch your child, go outside and take a walk.
  • Remember that you are the adult.
  • Call a friend who knows how to listen.
  • If you really feel out of control, call your local crisis intervention center.

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