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What's the best way to help a 2-year-old deal with frustration?

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What's the best way to help a 2-year-old deal with frustration?

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To many 2-year-olds, daily life is filled with frustrating events. Compared with infancy, there's so much more that they want to do and see, but they still don't have the physical coordination or intellectual abilities to do them all. That's why one of the most important tasks faced by toddlers is learning how to handle frustration.

Frankly, I'm impressed that your son is showing his frustration through words—even if the words are made up. Learning to use words instead of kicking and screaming to express strong emotions is a sign of maturity. So instead of worrying, I'd feel proud of his accomplishment.

When he's feeling frustrated, help him calm down by giving him a hug and distracting him for a few seconds. Also, help him label his emotions ("I can see that you're angry because you can't do what you want to do") so that he can eventually use words to share his feelings.  
 
 
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