Have you ever wondered why children don’t listen to calm reasoning when they are having a meltdown (or tantrum)? Brain science shows us that intense emotions and problem-solving cannot occur at the same time. Ideally, acknowledge strong emotions before they become overwhelming for your child. If that opportunity is missed (which can easily happen), waiting until your child has calmed down to start teaching them how to problem-solve the situation.
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Acknowledging children’s strong feelings as soon as they are noticed can decrease the intensity of the feelings, possibly preventing a meltdown.
Every child is different. What are the signs your child is feeling sad, angry, or worried?
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