Make your Child’s “Drama Behavior” Exit Stage Left…
Do you have a drama king or queen living in your house?
What about a three-nager acting like they rule the roost?
Or maybe you have the “real deal” (teen) causing all kinds of headaches.
Here’s what we have found… When parents get silly, act and think like a child more, and add in positive drama opportunities themselves there tends to be less power plays. Adding in more silly and fun times might lead to more connection time between parent and child. This in turn leads to less attention and drama seeking behaviors from the child. So let your guard down and get dramatic!
We don’t mean you need to mirror that yucky teen dramatic behavior (huffing and puffing around the house). We mean get silly, relax, have fun, add in role playing, funny voices, laid back antics and maybe you will avoid the power struggle. Laugh more, play more, create more, joke more and connect more. Don’t be so serious all the time.
If your child wants to play pretend then follow along and join them on their adventure to a different world. Connect to the child where they are even if they are in make believe ” la la land” . It is perfectly normal for 3-5 year olds to spend much of their day in the dramatic play world so join them.
Sticking to your guns and trying to forcefully change a child’s mind simply won’t work in the middle of their temper tantrums… So change up the vibe by adding in dramatic responses that are silly and engaging and connected to dramatic play experiences. These are the things that will help them regroup and get them off the temper tantrum track.
We know you will see behaviors shift and attitudes lift when you get silly and dramatic and mirror back a kid like perspective.