“My 5-year-old was having a moment, so I took my hand, and started plucking the air around her.
Of course, she stopped to ask what I was doing.
‘Shh, sit really still… They’re all over you,’ I said, staying focused.
‘What’s all over me?’ She asked, almost forgetting why she was upset.
‘The grouchies!’ I continued, ‘We’ve got to get them off you!’
At this point, she realized I was being silly and she started laughing.
‘No, those aren’t grouchies. They’re HAPPIES!’ she said.
‘Oh good!’ I said, putting one back and plucking other spots.
‘No, that’s not a grouchy either!’
‘Are they all gone?!’ I asked.
‘Yes!’ She said laughing.
‘I want a hug.’ She said.
Sometimes we can shift the tone of the moment through play and connection. Not always, and I promise I know it’s not easy, especially when you’re tired and frustrated… but, it’s worth it when it works.
You become a soft spot to land after the big emotions pass.
So next time your little one starts spiraling, try plucking those grouchies away.”
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