My 6-year-old daugh­ter of­ten flies into a rage for no ap­par­ent rea­son. — How can I calm her down when she’s hav­ing a tantrum?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

Stéphanie Cou­turier, re­lax­ation and phys­i­cal ther­a­pist. Be­fore search­ing for the rea­son for her out­bursts of anger, re­as­sure your daugh­ter that it is not her fault, by dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween her and her emo­tions. Tell her: “Oh, that tantrum has come and up­set you again.” Then, look at her stom­ach and say: “That’s enough tantrum! Go away now!” You can also per­son­al­ize it by giv­ing it an iden­tity: “It’s a bear cub that’s wo­ken up on the wrong side. How it an­noys you! Let’s go and tidy up what it has thrown about.” In calmer mo­ments, you’ll be able to ask her: “Why did that grumpy bear cub come and up­set you last night?” Your daugh­ter will start to think about it. Prac­tice some breath­ing ex­er­cises with her that’ll make the “tantrum” go away.

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