Parents: Practice Deep Breathing and Ask for Help to Relieve Stress

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 13-14 Month Old Toddler

Raising a toddler can make you feel uptight sometimes. Your child is becoming more and more of a challenge every month. It’s hard to be the one who is always responsible. Your body may get tense and you may feel like screaming or hitting something.

When you think you just can’t stand it one more second, STOP. Take “time out.” Here are a few “time out” relaxers to try:

  • Close your eyes and take long, deep breaths.
  • Make sure your child is in a safe place, and then take a few minutes until you calm down.
  • Tell those around you that you’ve reached your limit and you need help right now.
  • Ask a friend or relative to watch your child for a short time.
  • Call: Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 to talk to someone. Keep the number posted near your telephone with other emergency numbers.

When you take time out to handle your stress, you’re doing yourself AND your baby a big, big favor. Besides saving your child from painful words and actions, you’ll be showing your child a good way to handle stress.

Learn more about Your Toddler: 13-14 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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