Daniel Tiger teaches our kids that doing deep breathing exercises is a great way to reduce frustration. The ol’ “take a deep breath and count to four” method really works. And one big brother has gone viral after his mom shared a video of him navigating his younger sibling through this deep breathing exercise when his younger brother is on the verge of a full-on-temper-tantrum.
In a short video clip posted by their mom, Ashley, 6-year-old Noah was captured calming his 4-year-old brother, Cory, when he was frustrated and having a tantrum. The mom explained that Cory wanted to play Nintendo, but it wasn’t screen time for them yet. He started to get upset about it, and Noah stepped in and helped out.
The clip shows Noah instructing his brother to “breathe … again,” he said while instructing his younger brother to breathe through his nose and exhale through the mouth. After demonstrating, Noah then pats Cory on the shoulders for the job well done after calming down. “See? It helps you calm down,” Noah says.
When their mom shared it to Twitter (and then to Instagram), she gave herself a pat on the back, too, because this is proof right here, she’s raising these boys with love and empathy. “My four year old was about to have a whole tantrum and my 6 year old helped him manage his breathing so he could calm down,” she wrote. Adding, “I’d say I’m doing freaking alright.”
On Twitter, this 21-second clip racked up over 7 million views and thousands of re-tweets and comments. It’s not hard to see why. The fact that her 6-year-old son taught her 4-year-old emotional regulation without any input from her — she was simply observing! — is a sign that she’s doing some great parenting and raising two boys who are going to be in touch with their emotions as they grow older and encounter more challenging times (although, not being able to play video games is a top tier challenge for many adults, too.)
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