The New Year is a great time to make small changes that make big differences to the atmosphere in your family. We invest a lot of effort in teaching our children to stop and think before they act, but don't always model the skill very well!
If you make a habit of stopping to breathe deeply and consider your options when your child throws you a curve-ball, you're much more likely to respond in a way that you will still feel proud of later. No-one needs an instant answer or to be disciplined at the speed of light, so slow down and breathe. It is okay to say to a child "I am taking a minute to consider what needs to happen here."