When our sons were younger, sometimes a day would get started “on the wrong side of the bed” and throughout the day poor behavior would continue. As a motivation to correct behavior, I would talk to the child privately or both of them collectively. We would talk about their poor behavior and then hope to see a changed spirit within them. If they wanted to change, I would always say, “We are going to start over”. Then we hugged and simply started over. Most of the time better behavior was achieved. Now our children are teenagers. On Easter, a casserole dish broke and the oven caught on fire. I remained calm, but our fifteen year old became anxious over the change of menu. As I am cleaning up the mess and started another meal he began to rant and rave about this and other subjects for the next three hours. My husband and I tried to encourage him to ride his bike in the neighborhood, help my husband in his workshop, and help with the meal nothing worked. He finally decided to go into his bedroom and read his favorite magazines for thirty minutes. When he came out of his room he was more calm and was sorry for his behavior. He asked to “start over” his day and I said “sure” and he hugged me. His anxiety was gone again. Starting these routines with our children gave them a place to go when they just wanted to start over!