C-Force Theory Explained and Solved

C-Force is another name for the self-perpetuating momentum of a child’s crying fit.

Consider a child’s cry. Multiply that cry by the child’s level of tiredness + hunger + parents’ level of frustration or tiredness. Now think about how that cry, multiplied by circumstances, can develop its own power and increase in volume and intensity.

The crying becomes the power behind the crying. It no longer matters why they started crying. Now, they are just crying because they are crying.

How do you stop C-Force crying? Here are some helpful steps:

  • confine the source of the C-Force to a safe place (bedroom, kennel, cage – whatever you’ve got handy),
  • go somewhere that you can no longer hear the crying sounds,
  • read a book or listen to some calming music,
  • consume a soothing beverage,
  • breathe slowly and deeply,
  • when you have achieved a state of calm, then go address the source of the C-Force.

Sometimes you have to repeat the steps.

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I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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6 Responses to C-Force Theory Explained and Solved

  1. Love this! I’d like to add: “Pass the source(s) of the C-Force crying off to another caretaker, preferably a grandparent who has a lot more patience and possibly a cookie.”

  2. thehenderson says:

    I have heard that you can shake the C-Force right out of them if you do it hard enough 😉

  3. I love when they almost stop crying and remember that they were crying and have to start back up again. It’s like a C-Force in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force. I won’t mention what that outside force is, but I will say it contains the words “back” and “hand”.

  4. skeptlorist says:

    Hahah, beautifully phrased!

    All thoughts of possibly conceiving another child have been carefully placed on the back burner, to be left there for a long time. 🙂

    I don’t think I ever properly appreciated that “calm place” inside me before I had a kid. Calmness either was there or it wasn’t and it didn’t matter *that* much, because if i was frustrated I’d only take it out on myself. I’d just go off somewhere and read a book or do something by myself. Nowadays, the “calm place” is my most important thing, the thing I’m constantly reminding myself of, because I know that if I get frustrated I can’t just walk out the door and go somewhere for the afternoon, I have to *be there* or, be HERE, for my kid, no matter what. So. Calm place, my favourite place. And I love learning new techniques or “short cuts” to it, like deep breathing. That really does wonders, even just one deep breath before speaking, it’s amazing.

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