Supporting Children in Working Through and Preventing Meltdowns

I’m about to share something that I am not proud of. As an adult, I have had occasional meltdowns. Maybe you know the kind? I’ve yelled and screamed… even thrown the odd thing. Afterward, I pretty much always feel crappy and rarely, if ever, do I believe that my response was appropriate to whatever happened leading up to my angry response.

angry brown monkey

I don’t believe I’m alone. Meltdowns look different from person to person. Let’s consider for a moment a few of the responses that have become acceptable for an adult when feeling this way and/or what adults refer to as “having a bad day”:

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