Teaching Children to Tolerate Discomfort

Teaching Children to Tolerate Discomfort

In the May newsletter I wrote an article called “Preparing Children for a Challenging World.” Among the suggestions listed to help children develop coping skills was:

Teach how to tolerate discomfort. Help your child develop frustration tolerance skills and the ability to cope with uncertainty.

In the recently published Early Childhood Indicators of Progress 2007: Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to 3 there are helpful examples of behaviors that show development of self-regulation at various ages and strategies for parents and caregivers for promoting self-regulation. To access this document click here and go to Domain I: Social and Emotional Development – Component: Self-Regulation. For children 3 to 5 years old, the document Early Childhood Indicators of Progress gives similar information under Domain I: Social and Emotional Development.

Tell us your successes in helping your child tolerate discomfort. Your practical tips could help other parents navigate a difficult period while their child is developing coping skills!

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