How should we handle children that have trouble controlling their feelings and transitioning to the next activities?

2019.01.16

All children have different personalities. Some children are good at controlling their feelings and others have more trouble.
Many parents are worried about handling their child who is always crying or who eats while playing.
In this article, we will provide tips on how to handle children who have trouble controlling their feelings and emotions.

How should we handle children that have trouble controlling their feelings and transitioning to the next activities?
Some children cannot control their feelings well

Many children focus on one thing and have trouble moving on to the next thing.
It is possible that these children do not have an image of what is going to happen next.
Since they don’t know what is coming next, they cling on to what they are doing at the moment.
They are not flexible and have trouble handling changes in their environment. These children feel comfortable when the environment around them remains the same.

When children do not like what they have to do next they are even more likely to have trouble moving on to the next thing.
This often happens when they do not want to eat or go to bed yet.

Some techniques that help children control their feelings

Children have a poor sense of time and are unaware that they are supposed to follow a schedule.
So, it is important to develop a schedule that is easy for them to understand and follow.

It is a good idea to explain the schedule for the day (or next few hours) in simple words or even drawings ahead of time.
It is also effective to have your child repeat what you said or wrote.
Parents should also let their child know what they will move on to next ahead of time and take into consideration what they are doing at the moment to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Try to understand your child’s feelings

If they do not like what is going to happen next, try to think about what you can do to make it more fun for them.
For example, if they do not like taking a bath, try buying a new toy for them to use to make taking a bath more enjoyable for them.
It is also sometimes effective to give them a sticker if they can follow the daily schedule correctly.

When they are still unable to transition well, children often panic and start crying.
If this happens, it is a good idea to give them some time to get over their feelings before moving on. This will help them transition the next time they are in the same situation.

It is understandable that parents get frustrated when their child cannot transition to the next activity well.
However, looking at the situation from your child’s point of view often helps them make the required transition more easily.

It is recommended to attend early childhood classes with your child to broaden his/her interests.
Participating in new activities and meeting new people will help your child develop his/her emotional and social skills and make it easier for them to make transitions in the future.

Try to understand your child’s feelings
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