Fun and Functional Therapy
As parents, we want to have a happy and peaceful family life. The ability to handle negative emotions and the fact that things aren’t always easy is key for that goal. So, next time your child gets upset when things don’t go his way, allow him to be upset. Don’t try to fix it. Just, calmly say, “ I see you’re upset because—. It’s ok to feel frustrated.” If the negative emotions escalate, allow a cool off time. You can say, “I see you’re upset. I’ll give you a few minutes to calm down.” Then, let them self-soothe. If, they are destructive or combative, then they’ve earned a time out. It’s ok to be upset. It’s not ok to hit or throw things.
Lauren Norwood M.Ed. CCC-SLP Certified Speech Language Pathologist American Hippotherapy Association Level 1
Lauren B. Norwood