(Written by Elizabeth Reed) As a parent, there are often times when your children may become so frustrated that it seems he or she is unable to maintain any form of rational thought. At least, it’s that way for me. My eight-year old daughter has a bit of an anger management issue that we are currently working on. She is able to become frustrated with some of the most menial tasks to the point where she has a complete mental melt down. However, her temperamental stages are showing signs of declining.
To diffuse the situation, I try to intervene as soon as I can detect the problem arising. Her voice patterns quickly change, the speed of how she talks increases and the inevitable whining soon follows. Instead of getting frustrated myself and allowing my own anger to surface, I take a deep breath and sit her down to have a conversation. Afterwards, she is a completely different person and is back to her happy and laughing self. How do I diffuse my daughter during this conversation that changes her frame of mind almost immediately? [Read more...]