Patrick is teaching his son to pause between emotion and reaction (something I’m still working on). Amazing how even little kids can start learning about self-control (some learn more quickly than others, of course).
I’ve been using a little trick to calm my 3 year-old son. It’s not much good if he’s already reached the boiling point, but if he’s just **approaching** it, it gives him a chance to cool off and bring it down a notch, before it gets into ‘overload’. I pull him aside, and just tell him to take a deep breath (I do it too), then we count to 10 together. If there’s something I want to tell him, I do it then, before letting him get back to whatever he was doing. I’ve been doing this for some time now, so now he almost knows what’s coming. Like anything else, repetition and consistency got me there I think. Sometimes I can give him a look from across the room and he knows what he needs to do.