For our kids, excitement is just as dysregulating as fear. Really kids? Really.
Of-course, you already know that because it was just Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Years and we've had enough excitement in the last couple months for a lifetime.
Sometimes excitement overload meltdowns are harder to deal with because our kids usually have just had the time of their lives, received something great, or visited somewhere wonderful. During those times my inner Mommy Dearest starts ranting, What? Melting down now? Are you kidding me?
Back to school is another opportunity to have excitement meltdowns--beware and be aware.
The best way to deal with this is to:
1. Educate your child about their emotional and physical energy.
2. Help them feel when they are too high, too low, or just right, Goldie Locks style.
3. Practice down regulation and up regulation according to wherever the needle points.
4. Educate yourself in what things are regulating besides shouting, Calm down! Or Hurry up!
Until you can run right out and read a book on regulation activities, here is a quick reminder:
To slow down--deep breathing, wall-chair-floor push-ups, bubble gum, fidgets, weighted blankets, quiet spaces, coloring, and heavy huggies.
To speed up--running around, spinning, jumping jacks, fast music, dancing, and laughing.
Children are emotional and physical beings.
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