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?
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.