I mentioned that "consistency, not only in my discipline, but in my attitude" is one thing that is tremendously going to help get Zeke through this. Here are a couple of things that have helped me keep my cool during those red-hot moments...
1- Give yourself a time-out : thus the title of this blog series=) Just take a minute to cool off.
2- Pray out-loud for the situation in front of the child: that way they can hear that God is your sustainer and provider when you don't quite know what to do
3- Discipline with scripture - Josh and I have always had a Family Devotion at bedtime with the kids but we have been challenged to be more structured in this special time by our friends Fred and Lindsey Broome as they strive to learn what works best for them and their Family Devotion Times. We have just recently started memorizing Bible verses with our children. Yes, even Zeke can recite all 4 of our verses so far, with singing and motions too=) Not only is this good to get them in the habit of hiding God's word in their heart, but it helps me when I am disciplining. It puts personal application to the verse "Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right" when they already KNOW that God expects this from them.
I also wanted to thank all of you for your kind words of encouragement during this time and for the GREAT ideas and advice you've given us. We now have several options that can help get us through this phase.