As you probably know, being a referee for children can be pretty much a lose-lose situation. Frequently we have no way to please everyone or make things seem fair. There is often no way to even decipher what happened or who “had it first.”
It’s not your fault, children just have such a strong (and often unreasonable) sense of justice. They want so badly for you to see their side, yet they’re often still learning how to see the other person’s side.
Let’s be honest. When children misbehave it can be very easy to react with frustration, resentment or even anger because behavior doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in the fullness of life, when we are on our way to work, running late to a doctor’s appointment, or just tired and ready to go home from the park. For this reason, our child’s misbehavior can elicit a response like, “Why are you doing this?! This is the last thing I need right now.”
I’m going to dive right in to discuss a very tricky area for parents and children alike – tantrums.
I hope you find this blog post super useful so you can start applying Montessori principles in your home too.
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