“When a child is drowning, don’t try to teach them to swim”

May 13, 2021

One of the “Rules of Thumb” that we teach you in the In-Home Play Therapy program is this concept of “When a child is drowning, don’t try to teach them to swim.” In this podcast, I discuss why it is so important to remember that children don’t have abstract reasoning skill until starting about 12. So “teaching a lesson” in the middle of an emotional moment for your child is absolutely futile… you need to meet them in their emotion to de-escalate the situation.
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