Jeanette recently emailed me with a problem:
“I am really eager to use the chart for my 2 1/2 yr old. When my son is not able to do something for his own self he gets mad and throws the item (toy) Is there a a visual that can teach him not to throw his toys when frustrated and instead ask for help in a nice voice instead of screaming?”
Here is my answer: So glad you contacted me, Jeanette.
Yes, there IS a visual to help him use words instead of screaming! It’s right here:
2 Yr olds get frustrated when they can’t express their feelings, and that can certainly put us in a panic at times! I recently discovered through research that the brain of a 2 year old is developing faster than at any other time in his life. Here’s my full article about it it:
Since they can’t always say what’s bothering them, or even have the mental agility yet to be able to figure it out themselves, your job is to evaluate the situation objectively to find out the source of their problem.
Is it Emotional? Is it Physical?
Anger is a secondary emotion. That means that it doesn’t appear first. There’s always a hurt that happens first, and THEN the anger. People who don’t want to cry many times jump into anger in order to bypass the pain they feel.
If you are a working parent and don’t see every little thing that goes on with them during the day, it can be hard to figure out what’s wrong sometimes. Your child may feel hurt and rejected from being at the babysitters all day. It could be an emotional hurt from an experience they just had. Or exposure to something they saw on TV. Young kids are much more sensitive than we realize.
Sometimes it can be a physical issue that can trigger outbursts.
- Are they tired? Physical stress can cause a person to lose control.
- Are they thirsty? Dehydration causes the body to react in stress.
- Are they hungry? Blood sugar changes can cause stress and anxiety.
Sometimes, sensing that my kids were hungry or tired or both, I would let them know I could see they were upset, and that they were going to have to calm down so we could get them what they need right away. I would ask them in a calm voice something like this: “I can see you’re really tired and hungry. Would you rather settle down now so I can help you, OR do you need a little time to quiet down in your room?” Either way, they get a double message where the only choice given them is to settle down.
There are lots of great tips you can get on speaking with Toddlers from Chris Thompson, the guru of TODDLER-Whisperers everywhere! His site is here: http://talkingtotoddlers.com/4-tips
I was so impressed with his free audio lesson that even though my kids are all grown up, I bought the whole course!
You’ve got to check him out. Let me know what you think.
I really want to help in any way I can, Jeanette. Please let me know if there’s anything else you can think of that might shed light on the problem.
PS – Did you ask for the Free laminated behavior card on this page yet?
Just let me know.
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