Decode the Hidden Messages Behind Children’s Behavior
No matter how much you love working with children, handling a meltdown can challenge even the most patient among us. While it can be difficult to do when you are frustrated, try to take a moment to remember that when a child acts out, he or she is trying to tell you something!
Making an effort to spend a little one-on-one time with each child at your site can go a long way. Different personalities need different things, and knowing what makes each individual child you work with tick can help you stop tantrums before they start. Even if you aren’t able to anticipate what the child might require before they go into meltdown mode, understanding what the child is ultimately trying to accomplish through a tantrum or outburst will help you teach them the words they can use to more effectively convey their needs and wishes in the future, leading to a more peaceful Playtime for both kids and volunteers!
This fun, colorful chart (full-sized version here) is a great visual for starting to think about why different kids get angry and learning how to best work with them so that we can all “enjoy the joy!”
|Via The Child Whisperer|