But what if it is not, what if it is a child's way to communicate their frustrations, their hurt, their worries.
We are hearing more and more about kids who can not manage frustrations or disappointments. And now, with the Stay at Home order, they are missing out on so many natural supports and regulation.
Kids have temper tantrums, we handle it right?
Parents have tried time out, spanking, yelling, etc. What if it keeps happening, what if it is not just a temper tantrum?
Jessica FLowers is a parenting coach with Conscious Discipline. She says:
"So, here are my three “ah ha” moments inspired by that missing purple crayon. I hope my reflections help you in your journey of internalizing the powers and skills. You’ll see that they are related.
#1: WE CAN’T SHIELD CHILDREN FROM UPSET AND DISAPPOINTMENT.
#2: BREATHE AND SET YOUR INTENTION BEFORE YOU START TALKING.
#3: BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITIES."
Take a break, from your stress, from the stressful moment. Take a deep breath. We are all feeling upset, stressed, calm, happy, at peace, frustrated and annoyed. It is ok, these are hard times.
When you stop and take a deep breath, then maybe you can help your child stop and let go.
Try the Virtual Calming Place (Tab to the left). Distract yourself for 5 minutes, Interrupt the stress thoughts and Manage the moment.
Kids are feeling it too.