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Children’s Frustration

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When children become frustrated they can act out or become silent.  Parents may be the first people to recognize that something is different or become the first responders to an acting out incident.  How can we work on recognising what is happening to our bodies as frustration begins to build?  A tip for parents is to practice breathing techniques or creating breaks in the day where you can blow bubbles or blow a balloon and let it go when your child is calm.  Throughout the day practicing these fun activities encourages breathing and becomes more natural during moments of frustration.  Below is a link to a great resource where you can read more about helpful strategies to prevent or to reduce the feelings of frustration. When children and their parent is calm then they have an opportunity to talk about the experience.