Meltdowns With Preschoolers

On the Mt. Sinai Parenting Center Blog: The Mind in the Making team at the Bezos Family Foundation has an unusual view of meltdowns. After years of reviewing the research on the science of learning and brain development, they look beyond just disciplining your children and see meltdowns and other issues like this as opportunities to teach your child life skills—in this case, Taking on Challenges.

  1. Be there for your child.
  2. Practice the skill of Taking on Challenges for yourself.
  3. Prepare your child for any changes in the routine in advance, if possible. Celebrate your child’s strategies for coping.
  4. Celebrate your child’s strategies for coping.
  5. Help your child come up with their own ways of dealing with anger and disappointment.