Regain self-regulation with Displacing (part 3 of 4)

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The goal with Displacing is to help children put a worry or problem away for a another time.

I found myself working on a project the other day. I realized that my frustration was increasing. Things were not heading in a good direction. What was my solution? I decided to try again tomorrow. That’s displacing the activity. I wasn’t going to abandon it. I just thought a little break would help refresh my enthusiasm.

We can help children do this too. When you see children becoming worried or frustrated, introduce the idea of leaving it for right now. Suggest “How about we put that away for right now?” Follow this with an explanation, like “It’s pretty late in the day to do something like this.” or “I think your brain needs a little break.” or “I think we need ____ to help do this because they’re an expert.”  Make a plan for when and where you’ll try again. Then calmly put the worry, thought or activity away and do something relaxing or refreshing.

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