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How to stop meltdowns— before the temperature rises

There are few things as frustrating as an out-of-control child, but there are tools to teach children what to do before their emotions run wild.

Teaching children to self-monitor and regulate is one of the more challenging tasks of both parents and educators. If we do not master this craft, however, the children in our care will "own" us, controlling the narrative by demanding others to make them happy. This series does not address the symptoms or what to do in the moment of a meltdown as some of my other articles, but rather how to equip children at the root level to help preempt out-of-control behavior.

Teaching children (from the ages of one to one hundred) to self-regulate is not an easy task. As babies, we get what we need by crying. Toddlers quickly learn to get their way by throwing fits, and teens fight for independence with erratic emotional passion. If children do not acquire the tools for self-regulation they often become adults who continue to expect others to provide their happiness. These tools are not just for the noisemakers in your home or classroom. They are part of our critical-thinking skills for problem-solving and developing life-success habits.

The Championeers! Cowpie County ESE unit and coordinating Family Night Adventures series address this issue through the process of neuroplasticity. This is the brain's ability to create its reality and define how one views the world around them. It places the responsibility for one's happiness directly in the hands of a child by equipping them with a series of tools to differentiate between their mind (their will) and their brain (the organ).

In essence, you must equip children to BE THE BOSS of their own emotions.

In this series, we start by celebrating the amazing brain's built-in programming to keep us alive, safe, happy, and driven to win. We explore how a well-trained brain can take any life event, even the most devastating, to create the beautiful mosaic-masterpiece called, "you". We continue the exploration of our brain's built-in healing process by introducing tool #1: "You're the boss of you, and you tell your brain what to do." When these tools are not present, the challenges of life and the injustices we all face can leave us feeling shattered and broken instead of whole, beautiful, and empowered.

Step #1 - Train children to be the boss of their brain!

For Happy, Healthy Homes and Schools!


Deanna Rhinehart, Championeers! Emotional Safety Education Systems | 1 of 12 Cowpie County ESE Adventures!


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