Wordless Wednesday: Coping with Meltdowns

Written by NPN_Admin on April 4th, 2012

Edited by Jorje

Responding With Sensitivity, Wordless Wednesday

This week we asked: What does coping with meltdowns look like?

(Read more about responding with sensitivity on our resource page.)

From Shannon: “Sometimes, no matter what you try, the meltdown will happen anyway, and you just have to power through it. Moira is screaming despite having a lollypop, television show, and the extra hair stylist blowing bubbles for her. I guess she really wanted to keep her mullet.”

Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.

From Our Muddy Boots: “This face tells me to get ready to focus my attention.”

Amy of Presence Parenting cultivates emotional responsibility through viewing emotions as neutral signals that are neither good or bad, communicating about feelings, listening attentively, stretching to address the physical sensation of emotion, and in-the-moment meditation to acknowledge and process emotions.

From Lauren: “Parenting a sensitive child means having to be willing to work through the big emotions. Here, two-year-old Mikko really, really did not want his grandparents to go back home without him.”

Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama

From Melissa: “In our house, coping with meltdowns is usually as simple as supporting A through the big emotions that cause them until they pass. Once the worst has passed, a relaxing activity involving paint or water seems to help her get back to a calm state.”

Melissa blogs at Vibrant Wanderings.

Most of Little Man’s meltdowns occur because he is tired and unwilling for the fun to end. Shannon at The Artful Mama and her hubby take that as their cue to help Little Man reset with a nap or begin their bedtime routine.

Shannon at The Artful Mama travels long distances with her family in the car to visit family and friends. They plan their travel time around Little Man’s sleep but do have instances where he becomes fed up with travel and being stuck in the car seat. During these times they stop for a reset at a rest stop. He loves to pretend to drive the car with his Daddy.

When things get too loud, wearing noise-cancelling headphones helps Daniel cope with (and sometimes even avoid) sensory meltdowns.

Daniel’s Momma Amy blogs at Anktangle.

Redirecting to a much loved activity, like outside time, usually helps Sasha cope with meltdowns. Unfortunately, a new meltdown often occurs when it is time to go back inside.

Sasha and Tyler’s mommy blogs at Momma Jorje.com.

Tell us: What does coping with meltdowns look like in your family?

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9 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Coping with Meltdowns

  1. Ashley  

    Redirecting to a much loved activity, like outside time, usually helps Sasha cope with meltdowns. Unfortunately, a new meltdown often occurs when it is time to go back inside.

    That’s usually my policy around the house too. It’s nice now that there are more kids playing out around the yard, but then coming in becomes an issue. Still: worth it to let him run out the energy. Typically a good run and a vent will help he sleep better overnight.

  2. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    It must be so hard to be a little one and not have names for all of your thoughts and feelings. I love the creative ways that parents help with gentle tactics!

  3. Amy @ Anktangle  

    I agree with Charise—it must be so very tough to navigate this big world with very few coping skills and ways to express your feelings. Change of scenery or of activity is often a great solution to an overwhelming situation for little ones. Great photos!

  4. Dionna  

    I love the baby doll doing yoga!!

  5. Kat @ Loving {Almost} Every Moment

    Thank you all for sharing! And I have to say, meltdown or not, all the pictures are SUPER cute!!!

  6. Rachel @ Lautaret Bohemiet

    These were all great – such a wealth of knowledge you ladies have.

    And p.s. That picture of little Mikko was priceless, absolutely priceless.

  7. Sarh S  

    See when my 6yr old or 22 month old are having a melt down trying to talk to them or touch them just makes them WORSE! 🙁 We have tried everything. Every once in a while if we say loud enough their favorite activity or lets go outside and they are listening then it may work.