Dealing with Difficult Temperaments
Everyone has their own way of responding to people, places and situations
The way you respond is called your temperament or personality. Your child’s temperament is not good or bad; it is just who your child is.
Learning about your child's temperament helps you to understand your child's needs and to respond sensitively. Get to know your child’s temperament by looking at how she usually responds to people, places or situations. Watching your child respond helps you learn what your child likes and dislikes.
- How active is my child when I am bathing her, changing her diaper or playing with her?
- How does my child react to new things like new foods, people and places?
- How sensitive is my child to bright lights, sounds and touch?
- How does my child respond when she is excited or upset?
- How easily is my child distracted from an activity?
There may be times when you find your child’s temperament challenging. Accepting your child’s temperament, rather than trying to change it, builds your relationship and helps you both feel happier. When you accept your child for who she is, you help her to grow up feeling good about herself.