Saturday Giveaway: Regret Free Parenting

This weekend I am giving away FIVE copies of Catherine Hickem’s book Regret Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You’re Doing It Right.  I’ve only skimmed it so far, so I can’t tell you lots about it, but it looks interesting enough to have made it onto my list to read on my next plane ride. I love the idea of parenting to help kids develop their emotional intelligence.  You can click on the above link to read some of the reviews it is getting on amazon.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book, comment below and give me one tip you’ve learned to help your child  (or yourself! 🙂 ) regain control when emotions start to boil over.  For a second chance to win, blog about this review or like it on facebook.

One thing I’ve found helpful is to ask, “Is this a big problem or a little problem?”  Often the upset person will take a deep breath, consider, and realize that their reaction is out of proportion to the scale of the problem.   Then we can regroup and talk about a solution.

So how about you?   How do you help your child regain control when he is ready to blow his stack?


  1. with 6 kids I have not found one thing that works for all of them. praying and reminding of scripture is my first go to thing though

  2. When my emotions are getting the better of me I *try* to remind myself that God has given myself and my husband our kids for a reason. I tend to self bash and doubt myself as a parent so this reminder that my identity is in Him and that He will give us the strength and tools to work through whatever situations come our way helps me to regroup and move forward.

  3. When I find my emotions are boiling over and the kiddo is shutting me out .. I give “US” a timeout .. Give him 15-20 minutes to do what he wants to do and me just to take a deep breath and think rationally . He finds it a bit amusing that mommy gives herself a time out and then after those 15-20 minutes I find i can rationally explain what upset mommy so much and then he is much more receptive too ..

  4. missing your sunday video 🙂

  5. I try to find something positive to say about him and then try to help him through his emotions.

  6. oh boy, I am not good at this myself so certainly not good at teaching this to my kids. To the one who tends to go over the top the most frequently, I usually just tell him to take 5 and talk to me when he’s calmer

  7. We take a time out, not in a punitive sense but just go off alone, then come back and try to resolve it. Everyone needs a little break in a tense situation. If my 8yo is explosively angry, reading helps him, calms him.

  8. I say ut oh! and it lets him know that he needs to check his behavior.

  9. My little one is only 9 months old so I need more tips than I can give but I do have to make myself walk away sometimes. Even if it is just for 10 seconds (and with a crawling 9 month old, it normally has to be that short), it helps.

  10. when emotions are high- i try to show love and understanding and i reach out and grab my kids and give them a kiss, hug or a nose nuzzle
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway


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