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Distraction – techniques and when to use them

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We have some ideas for using those fantastic distraction techniques with kids to avoid those terrible twos tantrums and beyond...sometimes its too late to stop a tantrum with your child, but at other times, distraction is a great way to hold it off before it begins.

Welcome to another Parenting Tales from the Sofa and we are again joined by resident coach, Beckie Whitehouse, of Be Confident Coaching.

This week we are talking about distraction and the various techniques that can be used to defuse a situation that you may be encountering with your child.

Distraction can come very naturally to some parents, but for others it can seem like you are at the end of the tether if your child is in full temper mode.  Alerting your child to something they may find interesting, starting a game or making silly faces – there are lots of different tricks to distract a young child who is getting grizzly or bored.

Topics we cover include:

  • what do we mean by distraction
  • what can we use to distract
  • how helpful it is to carry something with you to deflate the situation
  • how you can distract the older child
Distraction What it is and how to use it

Do you have any other tips for our readers that have helped you.  Please do leave them in the comments below.

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Sunday 22nd of March 2015

Fabulous video, Helen. I think distraction is an incredibly powerful tool because it usually gives your child what they want: your attention. It almost always works with Amy.

Thanks for linking up with our Parenting Pin It Party x


Tuesday 17th of March 2015

This is a great video thanks, it is helpful to remember before your child is in a full on melt down !

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