We Talk Too Much
Hey, parents! I mean it. Probably in general (ha!) but specifically we talk too much when our kids are reactive and having a hard time listening. We often need to be quiet. Just be quiet. I know. It sounds crazy. But bear with me for a moment…
Talking and talking to our upset children is counterproductive because the noise gives them increased sensory input and further dysregulates them.
I’m not asking you to ignore the situation and do nothing.
Instead, try nonverbal communication. Try holding them. Or a hug. Maybe rub their shoulders. Sometimes a gentle smile will do the trick. But focus on giving them a vehicle that will help calm them down.
Then, we can introduce redirection with words that can address the issue on a more logical level.