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Radhika Ram
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Itís human for all of us to feel the frustration when we are unable to fulfill a task or accomplish our goals. Most of us find it difficult to cope with it. The feeling of frustration amongst kids is no different.

Generally, frustration is seen in kids when they are incapable of doing something or when they are told that they canít do or have something that they want.

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The effect of frustration with kids is generally for a short period of time. However, if left unattended, it can multiply to an extent that it becomes a significant obstacle in achieving their goal. The worst part is when frustration leads to negative behaviours amongst kids, such as anger.

I can think of a few ways which would help kids deal with their emotions when they get frustrated:

Our reaction to the child when they are frustrated is of utmost importance. When the kid gets frustrated, itís best to pause, and understand their feeling. Calm them down immediately and discuss the issue and try and work out a solution. When such an event repeats again in future, the kid would be aware of how to react to it better.

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Another important step would be to help your kid with cope with the word ĎNoí. It is natural for a kid to get frustrated when they hear the response to their demand, in negative. It would be better, if we also provide them an understanding of why are we saying ĎNoí.

When the kid is trying something new, try and encourage them on their way. We need to be also careful to not put undue pressure by setting high expectations from them, every time.

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We may also use games, such as board games, to teach them to deal with failures. Setting up small challenges within the game, will also help. That would help them be better prepared to such situations, in real life.

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Take every opportunity when the kids fail to teach them what they could learn from it. The child would pick up the clue very fast and will learn from them and not repeat them in future.

Though there are multiple ways for handling the frustration amongst the kids, itís always better to not let it creep in. We need to create an atmosphere at home, where they feel loved and cared. By spending time with them, we can teach them on how to confront the feeling frustration and eventually, convert the potential challenges into opportunities for their learning.

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