Behaviour management "Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.
I Feel, I Can: A Coping Skills Toolbox to Assist Behavior Regulation provides teachers, parents and other professionals a flexible tool for teaching students about coping skills which can help them learn to better regulate their own emotions and behavior.
How to teach children to tell the truth. We can't expect our children to be honest if we are lying. Set a good example. We can't expect them to want to tell the truth if we scare and offer punishment. Discipline not punishment.