Do your children throw tantrums? Do you try disciplinary strategies and feel that they make little headway in teaching your child how to get over a mood swing?
There is a great resource for us! It is easy to work into your days, teaches children to learn about why they are having emotional swings and engages them in moderating their own behavior.
Crabbie Masters, is an exciting asset to parents, caregivers and their children whether they are toddlers, preschool age or school age! This program is a strategy for navigating and teaching through the emotions that feed tantrums. Your child will more deeply learn about his/her emotions and how taking care of their body (proper rest, nutrition, self-esteem) benefits everyone.
The Crabbie Masters program was developed by Ms. Becky Undlin, former elementary teacher, home daycare provider and now owner and teacher at her own home-based preschool. Becky knows kids!
She also happens to be a high school friend of my mother-in-law. I was introduced to Crabbie Masters by my MIL and had the opportunity to review Ms. Undlin’s materials as well as utilize the program in my home with my children.
You will definitely find this useful even if you only use parts of the program. This teaching tool can be utilized with older toddlers and is absolutely a key to helping children learn the self-control they need during the preschool years.
On her website, Becky has free printables of “The Crabbies.” She even has certificates that your child can earn as they “beat the crabbies.” Even if the printable coloring sheets and certificates are all you use, you and your child will benefit from this program!
“The Crabbies” are the reasons that tantrums result: tiredness, hunger, self-doubt, etc. If my son does not get enough rest and chooses to not nap, the “Too Tired Crabby” will get him!
Teaching Through Tantrums
When I received Becky’s materials to try at home, I started by talking to my son about “Too Tired” and how if we are tired, we get worn out and unable to focus which can make us crabby. This was at a time when he was starting to eliminate an afternoon nap, but we needed to still teach that a rest time is necessary.
It is amazing the break through your child can have with these images.
We as parents need to be teaching about emotions and part of that means expressing how we feel to our children in concrete terms to help these untouchable aspects of life (feelings, thoughts and emotions) become more manageable to them.Start with the printable coloring sheets and try one “Crabbie” at a time. Explore the Crabbie Masters website and post comments or questions as you have them. (You can find her program on Facebook too!)
Becky is a great resource since she has spent the majority of her teaching career running her own preschool out of her home. She KNOWS this age group.