Help Your Child to Handle FRUSTRATION
It’s hard for young kids to get used to something new. And for a child who hates changes, frustration is a problem. Cancelled play dates, mum coming home late, and even rushing around to get ready for school in the morning can spark it off.
- PLAN AHEAD If you promise to take your child to park but must stay back to finish a project at work, call her hours ahead explaining you’ll be late. Also suggest another activity she can do while awaiting your return. Or arrange to have grandpa take her to the park instead. Give her a special hug when you get back to show you appreciate her understanding.
- ENCOURAGE IDEAS Ask her what she thinks is a good way to solve the problem. Suggest solutions. Too many cancelled play dates? Maybe she’d like to enlarge her play date circle. Too much rushing around in the morning? Perhaps more planning before bed or walking up earlier will take away the rushed feeling.
- PRAISE PATIENCE When your child perseveres despite the frustration, tell her how proud you are of her patience. Don’t take her “grown up” attitude for granted.