Watch together as Abby’s mommy, Maggie, helps Abby solve the problem of spilling honeysuckle petunia juice. First, Maggie helps Abby calm down by taking deep breaths, and then asks her questions to help figure out the best possible way to solve her problem and clean up the juice.
The next time children have a problem, try out Abby’s mommy’s strategy:
- Ask them about the problem.
- Help them calm down by taking deep breaths.
- Brainstorm solutions and try them out!
- Let them know you’re still there if they need more help.
Telling children it’s okay to make mistakes and to express their emotions can help them learn to keep trying in the face of challenges. Point out that grown-ups make mistakes too!