Impulsive kids: teach your child self-control

Dr Richard C. Woolfson
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

As your child grows through the preschool years, he begins to take charge of his emotions. Unlike the baby who screamed the second he was uncomfortable or the 2-year-old who flew into a rage the second something stood in his way, your child at this age begins to recognise that others have feelings, and his sensitivity increases.

GIVE RESPONSIBILITY
Encouraging him to accept the responsibility of controlling his emotions involves you taking a slightly less dominant role. Your child can’t gain control of his emotions if you remain in complete command. That’s why it’s helpful to step back a little. Instead of rushing in the moment he starts to bicker with his pal or when he starts to sulk because he can’t find his favourite toy,…

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