One thing children don’t readily realize is that they’re in control of their emotions and their behavior — that the behavior and emotions don’t control them. They also don’t naturally understand that behavior and emotions are both temporary and changeable. Behavior and emotions don’t define who they are.
Parenting on Purpose with Life Changing Mentor
A yelling child isn’t coming from a rational place. To try to reason away their anger only adds fuel to the fire. It takes practice, but you can build your ability to pause each time you resist reacting right away. Counting to 10 and pausing teaches our brains that we can pause and not be drawn into the yelling match.
Is your child refusing to eat anything other than chicken nuggets? Or would he or she rather play than eat anything at all? Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. Don’t worry, no child has ever starved themselves on purpose. Most kids get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over the course of a week.