How Should I Deal with My Child's Demands and Frustrations?
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If your child has learning difficulties or an inability to “read” your signals, such as a no-nonsense facial expression, then perhaps more help may be needed from an experienced professional. But typically, the child would benefit from extra patience and understanding.
Giving in to your child’s frustrations seems like the easiest path. But with a little bit of patience, and after teaching your child the skills that will allow him/her to build a tolerance, feelings of frustration will be gradually replaced by a more confident and self-controlled child.
Michael Matasci, LCSW, has almost 20 years experience working with stressed families and challenged children. Matasci received his master’s in social work from Fordham University and currently provides psychotherapy and counseling services for adolescents and adults in Brooklyn. To contact Matasci, email Iscitam@yahoo.com.
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