October 8, 2013
If your child tends to tantrum, explode or go ballistic, teach him ways to relax. And help him learn how to implement them before he reaches his boiling point.
Maybe it’s a certain kind of music, a yoga pose, going outside for a walk, throwing/bouncing a basketball or jumping on a trampoline.
As a teen, I would go to the piano and pound out Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor when I was angry. [I found that was more acceptable to my parents than slamming doors!]
Keep a menu handy, listing four or five calming options for your child. And encourage him to use the info before he explodes.
A fun, easy and inexpensive way to teach and reinforce turn-taking skills is with a Bingo game. And for maximum cooperation from my son, I made our own, based on his particular interests—U.S. Presidents, U.S. states/cities/capitals, flags of the world, book titles, you name it. It’s easy with Google images.
- A homemade favorite!
Your child’s obsession(s) may very well be his passion(s). Zero in on that in order to create interest. Many times, participation and involvement will follow.
Think positively! How can you turn these obsessions into successful passions?
May 8, 2012
Plan for transitions. Big ones and not-so-big ones. If you consider the planning and preparation phases to be as important as the transition itself, you’ll be on the right track.