Be Self/Centered

by Scott Noelle

If your child is whining for something you’d rather not give, you might notice a knot in your stomach. That means you’re NOT centered. ( “Knot-centered”? :)

Anything you say or do while you’re off center is likely to make things worse. Better to get centered first. Take a deep breath and tell yourself...

“I will take no action until I feel centered.”

You may find that no other action is needed, because children want centered parents more than the things they whine for.

Originally published on 2006-05-16
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