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Creative Solutions to Extinguish Oncoming Tantrums

By Debra Kissen

Creative Solutions to Extinguish Oncoming Tantrums

They say necessity is the mother of invention but I think motherhood is the mother of invention. What else could inspire the creation of a napkin “captain america”?  But when little Asher was entering melt down mode and starting complaining that he needs his captain america, in the middle of dinner at a crowded restaurant, I immediately tranformed into a Mommy Maguiver. All I needed was 5 napkins, a few crayons (given that all of our “fine dining” excursions these days offers crayons at tables, that was not a problem) and a few twists and knots and voila, I had created the most hideous looking super hero known to man kind. But, as you can see, little Asher did not judge his new mummy looking friend. He embraced it in delight and asked if he could take it home and sleep with it. The rest of the meal was smooth sailing, as Asher shot lasers from the sad, twisty arms of his napkin Captain America.

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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