A friend of mine was telling me her daughter has begun the sudden emotional freak out. I know those all too well. I think any parent does. I don’t know if my kids have more of an emotional bent, but from what I remember from child psychology, all children go through it. Developmentally, they don’t have the tools for dealing properly with the emotions that well up in them. This is especially prevalent in 2 and 3 year olds. Our job is to give them tools. One of the big tools in our house is the happy heart, as discussed on the first day of my blogging venture. My friend told me one of their ideas is to “blow out the candles.” She said she read the average freak out moment in a child is 90 seconds. You can help them learn practical ways to cut that 90 seconds down. The thought with “blow out the candles” is they put all of their fingers up and pretend they are candles. Then, they blow them out one at a time. I imagine there are two elements behind this working. One thing is the breathing that comes with the blowing. Breathing naturally calms people down, which is why I suggested blowing bubbles in my “10 Ways to Calm an Angry Child” post. The other element is distraction. Distraction is always a great technique for calming kids. I’m definitely going to be trying this one.