Help Your Kids Calm Down

May 24, 2023

Whether you’ve got a tantruming 3 year old or big teenager feelings, it can feel awful when our kids are upset. Sterling breaks down five steps for helping your kids to calm down and unsurprisingly, it starts with you.



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I’m Sterling Jaquith, and today we’re talking about what to do when our children are upset. And when I laid out this five step process, I really wanted it to apply to little kids and to bigger kids. So I’m going to give you these steps, and I’m going to teach them to you for a three year old and an eight year old. But then at the end, I will give you some ways to deepen it for that teenage crowd to add a little bit more complexity and depth to it. But the steps are the same for how we can help our children who are upset calm down. So step number one, you need to get and stay calm. When your three year old gets their finger caught in the doorway, it’s interesting how often anger is the first feeling that flashes up, like, why was his finger there? What was he doing? You’re just going to have a big stress response, and it’s often anger. And so that’s going to happen quickly.


Lorissa Horn & Sterling Jaquith

Sterling and Lorissa are very different moms. Lorissa lives in town, her family loves playing baseball, and she’s proud to send them to Catholic school. Sterling lives in the country, her family loves camping, and she unschools the kids.

The thing these women have in common, an unyielding devotion to Christ. Seriously, if you hang out with either of them, they’re gonna talk about Jesus, a lot. He’s the center of their life.


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