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How Do We Handle Meltdowns Without Melting Down?

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Great question, right? As Maren Schmidt, M.Ed. advises in her award winning column Kids Talk News, “Rage is one of the core emotional systems that kicks in when we feel like we are being physically or mentally restrained. Frustration is part of our core emotional system, as is anger.” But how do we keep from engaging in our children’s rage, and instead steer them [and us] to safety? We need practical advice we can use "under fire" from our kids, and Maren Schmidt and I hope to bring you useful tips today. If our children could verbalize what they need from the adults in their lives, Maren Schmidt's easily digestible advice in her Kids Talk™ columns, workshops and books is what our children would want us to know. Now Maren will share her engaging advice and heartfelt insights on Dealing With Meltdowns with you personally, here on Montessori Family Connection Radio. Maren's gift is to be able to communicate practical, put-it-into-action advice and insight about children to parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other adults working with children. Just what we need to make sense of the often senseless situations we find ourselves caught in with the daily challenge of making family life harmonious and productive. Maren helps us manage the awful dynamics of raging anger- a hot topic we need to deal with. Maren says “We have the ability to rage from birth, as it acts as a type of energizer to get us to safety. Hold a baby's arms to his or her sides, and you'll witness the rage system in full action. When we see our children acting in frustration, anger and rage, we need to see that as a signal that there is a problem…” Well, then what? We need expert help, and fortunately, today we have it! Join me as I welcome Maren Schmidt for an engaging discussion on "how to handle meltdowns without melting down". Come share your concerns and insights about Managing Meltdowns!

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