12 TIPS TO CALM YOUR CHILD’S DRAMA IN ONE MINUTE 1- Look your child eye to eye by either squatting down or leaning down to get o their level. 2- Touch them gently or hold their hand(s) as you talk to them. 3- Give them your full attention by not only listening to them but sincerely hearing WHAT they’re trying to tell you. 4- Use their names in a quite, calm way as you talk to them. 5- Be a good example by not getting angry and don’t yell. 6- Use ONLY POSITIVE WORDS! Negativity breeds more negativity so chose your words carefully and wisely. Using positive words, praise, and affirmations will work well with any child at any age. 7- Let them know that everything is going to be okay. 8- DO NOT ARGUE with them, no matter what their age! That means teenagers too. 9- Teach them to breathe slowly and deeply. 10- Teach them to count, 1-10 when young and able to count, 1-50 if they’re tweens, and 1-100 or 100-1 if they’re teenagers. 11- Distract them with something else. Just make sure it’s with something positive – no bribes! 12- Give them the option of choosing between two good choices. Whether it’s their behavior or choosing (if they’re upset about not getting something they want) something that’s more positive.