Slow Wayyyy Down
We've never met a parent (or anyone else for that matter!) whose emotions aren't affected by stress at some point. When we regulate our emotions, we are better equipped to handle whatever children throw our way + we model self-awareness and regulation for them.
Even if you feel like you don't have 1-2 minutes, try this at a stop light in traffic, or while waiting to pick your child up from camp.
Deep, controlled, abdominal breathing lowers the blood pressure and stimulates the release of stress-fighting endorphins.