Posts Tagged "tantrum"
“You can’t go back in until you settle down!” Who hasn’t had to remove their child from a store or restaurant at one time or another? Most of us know what that is like. I happened upon such a scene last night at the downtown Austin holiday stroll apparently just after a mom had removed her 5-year-old son from a restaurant. All I saw was a mom trying to keep her cool while...Read More
The seeds of listening were planted long ago. My daughter Betsy, now 23, and the children she works with are reaping the rewards. For example, Betsy was babysitting this weekend for three children: 5-year-old Adele, 3-year-old Sam and 18-month-old Jimmie (names are changed). When bedtime came around, they all had separate rooms, so with Jimmy on her hip, she got Adele settled first. Sam was...Read More
In an NPR interview this week, researchers James A. Green and Michael Potegal revealed their findings about the patterns of children’s temper tantrums. By studying audio recordings of over 100 toddler tantrums, Green, Potegal and Pamela Whitney found that the old idea that tantrums have two distinct stages, anger then sadness, was incorrect. Instead they found the two overlap: sadness continues...Read More
Shopping can bring out the best or worst in anybody, especially children. When you need to take your kids on lengthy shopping trips, remember their three basic needs: Experience, Power and Connection EXPERIENCE: Make sure your children bring something they CAN DO to keep their minds, fingers and bodies engaged in the car, in the store, and in lines. Small boredom-breaking fanny-packs or...Read More
Age 2 is challenging for most of us, thus the unfortunate phrase, “terrible twos.” It tells us a lot about how we feel about boundaries, crying and expressions of anger. Once you understand your feelings, it gets easier to accept your child’s. See if this helps put crying and temper tantrums into perspective. As you know, children will not always like your boundaries. But if a...Read More