Easily frustrated kids

Children with a low tolerance threshold often end up being a frustrated kid much of the time. Find out how you as a parent can help your frustrated kid relax and enjoy life.
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There are some children who have what we call a low frustration tolerance. They're playing with a puzzle and they can't get get it right and they just start to cry, there's a ball over there and they can't quite climb to it or crawl to it and they melt down. Realize that you can stretch their frustration tolerance. You don't always want to the puzzle for them or always give the the ball. You want to encourage them, but also break things down into small parts for the easily frustrated child. If it's a school age child and they have too much homework, let them do the first problem, help them and then let them move on. Frustration tolerance can stretch, but I want you to look at your temperament, because if you are very fast adapting not so easily frustrated person, you might be getting impatient with your child. And so you have to work on your patience as you have a child learning how to stretch their frustration tolerance. They can do it.

Children with a low tolerance threshold often end up being a frustrated kid much of the time. Find out how you as a parent can help your frustrated kid relax and enjoy life.

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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