To the casual observer, tantrums and meltdowns look an awful lot alike – but knowing the difference between them and acting accordingly makes a big difference in how long upsets last and how they resolve.
Development of the ability to regulate emotions and manage frustration and disappointment is a lifelong process – some of us do it better than others!
Young children naturally have a steeper learning curve when it comes to self regulation and need our help to learn this vital life skill.
Recently, I had the pleasure of getting together with Liz Anderson of Principal Psychologist at Psychological Solutions. Together we discussed those differences, how to manage them and also how to approach interactions so the frequency and duration of meltdowns and tantrums is lessened.
If you liked this podcast, you might also enjoy:
- Hard Afternoons
- “No More Meltdowns” by Jed Baker – One of my favourite books for school aged children who struggle with emotional control. This great book looks at emotional and sensory triggers and strategies, and provides ideas for preventing and managing meltdowns in the home and classroom. It’s easy to read and well worth a look! You can see a fuller review I wrote at Camel Kids Games