Parents: Stop, breathe, talk to children

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stop, breathe and talk are three simple words that together can have a big impact in everyday parenting.

Whether your kids are infants, toddlers, teens or even adults, parenting has challenging moments. Remaining calm, cool and collected in these moments is difficult, but doable, with a little help.

Help is available from the Science of Parenting at

In this blog from ISU Extension and Outreach, human sciences specialists in family life share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents raise their children.

No matter what a child is yelling, screaming or doing, a parent always has the option to stop, breathe and talk. As parents, we are the role models and the foundation for our family.

The human sciences approach to parenting in challenging moments has three steps:

• Stop. Take a moment to think about how you really want to respond to your child.

• Breathe. Consider what is happening with your emotions. Take a deep breath or two to calm down.

• Talk. Once you have gathered your thoughts, be intentional with your words to help guide your child toward the outcome you really want.

Information is power, and ISU Extension and Outreach invites you to visit the ever evolving Science of Parenting website. There, you can learn about how children grow and develop. You’ll find information about discipline techniques that teach children inner self control. Perhaps most important, you’ll learn you aren’t alone in wanting to raise healthy, happy children.