Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer Secrets for Calming Kranky Kids

Ironic, isn’t it? We spent so long slogging through the winter in eager anticipation of summer. When the thaw arrived and spring set in we were primed for the good times that inevitably came with the sunny season. We planned parties, arranged barbecues, overhauled our wardrobe, made a commitment to get back in a bikini ready state and delighted as the days grew longer and brighter. Now that we’re at the tail end of summer, however, most of us will be glad to see the back of it. As gorgeous as the sun drenched vista of your garden may be in the morning, you’re getting kind of sick of endlessly mowing the lawn. As great as it is to catch a tan in the summer sun,  it’s less appealing spending a working day feeling hot, sticky and petrified with the knowledge that should we need to raise our arms, the entire workforce will be treated to the sight of our gross pit stains.

Worse still, the summer can have an odd effect on our kids. They can alternately become bounding balls of positive energy or cranky red faced little antichrists with very little in between.

Causes of kids crankiness in summer

We all get cranky in the summer heat. It’s human nature when we’re uncomfortable and feel like no reprieve is coming. Kids are only human, and so of course they experience all the same symptoms. But unlike us, they haven’t had a lifetime to cope and acclimatize. As such they may be prone to temper tantrums and outbursts. But fear not, even the crankiest kids can be subdued with a little planning and patience…

Harness your home

Whether you can afford an all singing all dancing AC unit or not, there are many ways in which you can keep your home cool. A desk fan with a tray of ice in front, for example, can make for an excellent low budget AC unit. But as well as ensuring that your home is cool, it’s important to also account for the humidity. Finding the right humidity level for your home can not only prevent that sticky, sweaty feeling that frays both adult and child nerves alike, it can also help prevent the spread of bacteria which can flourish in tiny droplets of water.

Take a deep breath

Sure, your son or daughter is being intensely unreasonable. Yes, this situation is grossly unfair. Absolutely, you want to throw a temper tantrum of your own. But fairly or unfairly, you’re the responsible adult in this situation. Failing to keep your temper can only ever escalate matters and potentially cause a rift between you. Taking a deep breath may be one of the most rudimentary of anger management techniques… But it can be darned effective.

Turn your shared frustration into an opportunity to bond

You’re both sweaty, uncomfortable, sticky, hot and miserable. Rather than take your frustration out on eachother, use your shared frustration as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship. After all, you’re mad at the situation, not each other. Convince them to put down the video game and go for a swim, have some ice cream, share a cold drink or resolve your disputes with a water pistol shootout in the garden.

Taking steps to cool off can calm even the crankiest of kids.  

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