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K-12 Assistant Principal
MRS. RATLIFF

Recently, an article came into my inbox that immediately snagged my attention, as it reminded me of one of my sons when he was much younger. The article related to impulsive children, and what we can do to encourage our children to think before they act. Being a new year, and a time for resolutions, it might be a good time to share some tidbits from this article.

Children who have issues with impulsivity behave as though they are younger than they are, frustrating
people around them who expect kids to act their age. Lectures, threats and punishments often aren't effective because the pause between impulse and action isn't significant enough for the youngster to consider whether he should or should not grab a classmate's pencil or run off in the mall.

Here's some advice from the article:

Make sure she's well-rested and nourished. A child who is hungry, tired or fueled by excessive sugar will almost certainly be less able to manage their behavior.

Try martial arts classes. Some highly impulsive children benefit from this training. If his teacher is patient, your son may gain skills to slow down and better learn to manage his impulses.

Put her in charge of something. Provide her with opportunities to take on ever-increasing levels of responsibility, whether it's helping you carry in groceries, choosing where to plant the sunflowers, or deciding whether to add cinnamon to the cookies you're making together. In other words, look for moments when your daughter gets to step into bigger shoes, and, as you put it, “act her age.”

Give your child the chance to do something that makes him feel successful, whether it's swimming, singing or jumping on the trampoline. Many impulsive children feel they're constantly failing or disappointing others, which puts them in a state of stress that fuels their misbehavior.

Brainstorm what your son can do when he's restless in class and likely to become disruptive (e.g. play with a squeeze ball, or rub his hands together to slow down his reactivity); help him get used to these activities through role-play. Repeated practice at acting out alternative strategies often helps impulsive children stretch out that pause between wanting to do something and deciding it's not a good idea.

As frustrating as it is to deal with your child's mishaps, if you accept him as he is -- rather than comparing him to your ideal, "snapshot child" -- you'll be better able to teach him to manage his behavior.

Parent Coach: Teaching Impulsive Kids To Slow Down

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/teaching-impulsive-kids-to-slow-down_n_1625589.html






Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

 
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