Do It Yourself - Mar 2016

Stop the Madness

March Madness is upon us -­ the time of year where families are anxious for spring. Children are itching to get outside to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. They also begin to anticipate the school year coming to a close with year­-end testing looming. Parents feel pressured to spring clean, organize the house, and get kids’ camps lined up for summer. Managing all of these to­do’s can lead to a variety of emotions ­- and madness!

As we reach our emotional limit, outbursts tend to occur where we say and do things we regret. As parents, managing these impulses and outbursts not only helps to model socially and emotionally smart behaviors for our kids, it teaches children to understand and respond to emotions appropriately. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when trying to manage your emotions:

  • Think about what is happening or has happened
  • Decide how you truly feel about it
  • Think through what’s the best response for you and those around you
  • Respond to your emotion appropriately and without regret

March Madness typically involves basketball, betting and brackets, there are also lots of emotions bouncing around. By walking through these simple steps, you are forced to slow down and process the “madness” instead of just reacting impulsively!