7 Ideas to Prevent After School Meltdowns

7 Ideas to Prevent After School Meltdowns

Alternatives to Punishment, Family Communication, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting
Although school can be a very rewarding experience for preschoolers and school children alike, this time away from mom and/or dad can sometimes lead to feelings of disconnection and overwhelm. Much like adults have tough days and bad moods, children sometimes experience all sorts of ups and downs while away from school.  The disconnect from parents coupled with all that roller coaster ride of managing feelings  can bring on some challenging behaviors. Have you noticed your child is having some difficult afternoons, tough bed times, siblings squabbles, meltdowns and tantrums after school?  Making some effort to restore connection can not only prevent all that "misbehavior" but create more harmony in your home.  Here are 7 ways to stay connected & reconnect after a long day at school as a way to prevent after school meltdowns: Hugs: Little…
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Kindness During a Tantrum: 10 Ways to Show you Care

Kindness During a Tantrum: 10 Ways to Show you Care

Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Kindness is a wonderful thing. Surprising your child with a new book, fresh whipped cream atop their favorite fruits or letting them stay awake to talk with you for an extra ten minutes, whatever kind act it may be, children thrive on love and kindness.  What about when your child is having a tantrum? Did you know that love and kindness during a tantrum is often just what a child needs most? Walking away, yelling, mocking, shaming, isolating are all ways that can aggravate and upset a child when they are already hurting and feeling mad. Here are 10 ways you can show kindness to a  child during a tantrum:  1. Offer you child a hug: Touch is a wonderful way to connect with an upset child. 2. Tell your child you…
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