Avoid Going from Zero to One Hundred Unless You Really Need to (Think: Emergencies)

Reserve your ability to respond intensely at the drop of a hat for when you really need to be at a hundred—like if there’s an emergency.  For the most part, we really don’t need to use this skill very often.  So let the day-to-day interactions reflect this point.  Kids are kids, and this is a wonderful thing.  As we experience upsets, keep things dialed down.  Take things one moment at a time.  Nothing is ever as big of a deal as we think it is in the moment.  Except if it’s a true emergency.  Usually auto-response kicks in then.  So if it’s not an emergency (and even so), be intentionally calm and controlled as much as you can help it.

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