You know those days where you are so stressed that all you want to do is curl up on the couch, eat a pint of ice cream, and cancel adulting all together? Well, just like we have those days, so do our children.
These are a few things that you can watch for which will help you know if your little one is stressed or upset. Since toddlers haven't yet learned how to express their frustrations, you'll need to do some detective work to find out what's bothering them.
Here are some practical strategies you can do to help your little one navigate overwhelm:
👉 Give them paper and pen - Encourage them to write or illustrate what made them sad, upset, or angry.
👉 Create a picture schedule - This will help your child anticipate the sequence of events that will happen.
👉 Schedule a downtime - Have a 15-30 minute sensory break. Read, walk, or take a few deep breaths.
Which of these signs have you noticed in your little one lately?