Teaching your child relaxation skills

Teach your child relaxation skills to assist her in calming down when she feels herself getting angry.

When one reacts emotionally rather than responds thoughtfully, regretful behaviors are often the result. By learning to take some deep breaths BEFORE the explosion, there is a greater chance that she will respond appropriately, rather than react negatively.

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Consistency and discipline

Your kids need to be able to predict how you will behave. Consistency tells your child he’s important to you.

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Considering time-outs

Consider a time-out. If your child is being very resistant or aggressive, placing him in time-out may allow for time to calm down, and to think about the choices he has.

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Being direct with children

Be direct. Direct requests are more likely to be followed. Avoid asking questions, especially when you are not offering a choice.

For example, don’t say, “Can you pick up your toys” (the answer is obviously no) when you mean "please pick up your toys".

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Understand what a time-out is – and isn’t

A time-out isn’t a punishment. It’s an opportunity for your child to learn how to cope with frustration and modify his behavior.

While your child is in a time-out, he’s on his own, so try to let him sit in solitude for a few moments. Any attention from you, positive or negative, will serve as reinforcement for his behavior.

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Timing manner tips

Time it right. It’s tempting to attempt a crash course in manners right before a birthday or a rush of holiday parties, but you’ll have better success if you choose a time that’s more stable and predictable.

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emotional maturity

Toddlers are active and can get into a whole lot of trouble, fast… yet they’re still so immature emotionally. That’s why tantrums are so common at this age.

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Limiting playdate interaction

Interacting with just one other child is a big deal for a toddler – inviting more than that may make it impossible for them all to have a good time.
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Independence and toddler development

Showing independence is part of normal toddler development and this often includes refusing to eat foods to see what will happen.
From: Better Health Channel

Avoid raising a bully

Think your child is a bully? Make firm rules that any nasty, mean or unkind remarks will not be tolerated.

From: Raising Kids.co.uk

Being non-judgemental

Practice and hone your skills at being non-judgmental.

Start labeling feelings and avoid name-calling. Say, "he seems angry," rather than, "what a jerk." When your kids are whiny or crying, saying things like, "you seem sad," will always be better than just asking them to stop.

Depriving kids of the feelings they’re experiencing will only drive them underground and make them stronger.

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Timing of playdates

Don’t agree to a play date at the time of day when your toddler is usually cranky or overtired, at nap time or just before meals.

Ideally toddlers should be well fed and rested beforehand.

From: All Good Articles.com

How to model emotional intelligence

Model emotional intelligence. Your kids are watching very closely. They see how you respond to frustration, they see how resilient you are, and they see whether you’re aware of your own feelings, and the feelings of others.

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Keep to a regular routine

Regular routines help kids feel safe, and are vital for preschoolers, who grapple with big fears on a daily basis.

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Sharing and playdates

Playdates can be a drag when kids haven’t mastered the art of sharing. When it’s your turn to host, go through your kid’s toys beforehand, asking her to pick a few special things she’d prefer not to share.
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Shy Kids

Being shy can also be a normal personality variation. It is best to not push your child. Instead let him slowly adjust to new people and new situations.
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Cut down on the warnings

If the child knows the rules, impose the promised consequences immediately. If you make a habit of giving six preliminary warnings your child will learn to start responding only the eighth or ninth time you ask.

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Stoping a tantrum

Stop a tantrum before it starts, parents need to be proactive and have realistic expectations of what a child can handle.

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Don’t try reasoning with a tot

Once that flail or wail or exorcism begins, forget trying to reason with your child to reduce those tantrums. Doing so is like trying to reason with a goldfish. Remember that when those strong emotions kick in the “reasoning” part of their brain tunes out. Just let him wind down.

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Appropriate choices for preschoolers

When parents offer appropriate choices to preschoolers, many power struggles can be avoided.

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