Your five-year-old son has just had a meltdown. He wanted you to take him with you to his older brother’s basketball practice. You refused because it was after school and you knew he needed a nap because he’d been up late last night. Little sleep equals a short temper for your little one.
And that’s just what he had—a short temper. He started his rampage of kicking the door against the wall and flailing like he was in a pool swimming backwards.
How can a mother who wants to give up hitting and shouting control this type of behavior? The first thing to understand is that children are going through a learning process. They must be taught how to behave. This doesn’t mean you simply let them know their behavior is unacceptable. It also involves showing and explaining to them other ways to actually solve their problem.
Some children take longer than others to learn how to control themselves. This is where patience comes in on the parent’s part. When a child seems to be unresponsive to suggested solutions to his problem, don’t give up. Continue directing him.
This is an excerpt from Grandma Jeddah’s FREE e-Book: Discipline without Disrespecting: 8 Tips to Taming Your Muslim child's Temper. To download your own personal copy of this FREE e-Book or receive Grandma Jeddah's FREE newsletter, visit her at http://www.grandmajeddah.com/
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