EX­CITE­MENT

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

“While hap­pi­ness of­fers a lovely sense of well-be­ing, ex­cite­ment is a trick­ier feel­ing for young­sters to han­dle,” says Mar­got. “When tod­dlers are ex­cited, they feel a lit­tle out-of-con­trol, and a bit vul­ner­a­ble. It’s a feel­ing that can tip over into be­ing jit­tery and in­se­cure – just how you might feel when you’re wait­ing to hear if you’ve got a job you re­ally want.” That ner­vous ten­sion might bub­ble up when your young­ster has an in­vi­ta­tion to a party, or if Nana’s com­ing over for tea. To help, join him in his ex­cite­ment: “If your tod­dler can share his ex­cite­ment with you, then it keeps this emo­tion feel­ing plea­sur­able, rather than tense,” says Mar­got. “If you’re ex­cited as well, he knows it’s safe to be ex­cited. So tell him that you’re look­ing for­ward to the ex­cit­ing event, too. Say, ex­plic­itly, and make sure your tone of voice matches the words, ‘I’m re­ally ex­cited about the party!’” It also helps if you can find ways to link his ex­cite­ment to the ac­tiv­i­ties that your tod­dler is do­ing in the present mo­ment. “By chan­nelling his ex­cite­ment into ac­tiv­i­ties, per­haps that the two of you can do to­gether, your tod­dler can en­joy the sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion, with­out be­com­ing over­whelmed,” says Mar­got. If he can’t wait for the party, blow up a bal­loon ready to take with him. Or, if Nana and Grandad are vis­it­ing, sug­gest he draws them an amaz­ing pic­ture.

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