Another breathing strategy to help your child calm down when upset, this one is derived from the book Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey.
Pretend you are holding a candle.
Take a long, slow breath in.
Next, slowly blow the air out toward your candle, but don't blow it out! Just make the flame wiggle a little.
Keep taking long breaths in and slow breaths out for a few more times or however long you feel like.
Finally, on your last breath out, blow out your candle!
I'm Mrs. Soldner, the early childhood teacher and director at Immanuel Lutheran School. I have been teaching preschool since 2016 and have been teaching here at Immanuel since 2018.