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As an intentional parent you understand that March Madness (aka: defiance, control, explosions) is more a sign of “fight or flight” stress rather than a sign of your child being a bad-seed or a sneaky-manipulator.

5 ways to eliminate your child’s March Madness

March Madness…as a parent you know the sport of child-driven negotiations and power struggles.

Are you fed up with the defensive position of logic that never quite sinks in, leaving you feeling like a broken record?  Or maybe you’re tired of taking the offensive position with stern commands, rigid rules and little room for lightheartedness?

During this seasonal time of cabin fever and roller coaster moods I want to impart 5 ways to eliminate March Madness.

As an intentional parent you understand that March Madness (aka: defiance, control, explosions) is more a sign of “fight or flight” stress rather than a sign of your child being a bad-seed or a sneaky-manipulator.

Let’s cut to the chase and rapidly shift madness to merriment!

~  ~  ~  ~  ~  5 Ways to Eliminate your Child’s March Madness ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

1.  De-clutter your child’s bedroom.  

Physical clutter leads to emotional clutter.  Get rid of half your child’s toys and books to lighten the load of internal stress.

2.  Follow the 5 ingredients or less food rule.

Feed your child food from the earth that is meant to nourish rather than entertain taste buds.  Foods that are simple to digest will stabilize blood sugar, hormones and mood.

3.  Stop asking questions.

Answering questions of yes/no and “here are your 2 choices” all day long drains your child’s tolerance reserve.  After school, help your child understand what’s “next” by starting your sentences with “it’s time to” or “let’s.

4.  Light a quiet candle.

DO-ing is a habit we all get caught up in.  In the morning or before bed light a candle and designate 10 minutes to BE together without planned activity.

5.  Schedule a “Me” date

Charging your battery refreshes you and prepares you for the inevitable energy-suck that comes with parenting (and life).  Find your personal sanctuary and take 2 hours OFF.

Now, I’d love to hear from you.  Which one of the five strategies above will you explore this week to elicit the merriment you’re seeking?  Please leave your comment below.

With smiles,

Samantha

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