Same here. When my ds gets my blood boiling, I *need* that time alone for a few minutes, so I can calm down and be the kind of parent I want to be. Another one I do when ds seems to have waaay to much energy and can't calm down on his own is to have him run laps around the house. Like I'll say "Hey, I bet you can't run around the house 3 times before I'm done folding these clothes." He can't resist a challenge.