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By Team SpringUP | 4min read
As parents, most of us have witnessed our children getting frustrated while solving a puzzle or a math problem. They get upset and angry and want to give up on the task, seeking something easier. They may even lash out in anger. What do you do in such a situation?
Do you fix the problem for them? Give them an easier task? Allow them to walk away from the problem? Or soothe them when they blame the task or the people around them? How do you feel? Do you struggle to deal with your child’s frustration?
While dealing with a problem or task, most of us feel frustrated. Learning to deal with the frustration and building Frustration Tolerance in your child one-step at a time could be a skill for a lifetime.
Frustration Tolerance is the ability to deal with the frustration that comes from you not being able to do something or when things don’t go your way. It is the ability to stay on the problem/situation and solve it or deal with it.
Individuals with low frustration tolerance tend to get agitated and give up on tasks more easily than others. Most tasks require persistent efforts to learn and complete, but low frustration tolerance makes the child impatient to give it another try or stay on task. Low frustration tolerance could also come in the way of relationships as children might tend to lash out or give up on people when things aren’t going their way.
Building frustration tolerance helps children set and achieve goals. It helps them solve problems when they hit a roadblock without giving up. It helps them work on relationships and they can be better team players and collaborators. On the whole, this is a skill that will help them deal with frustration and thrive in all circumstances.
SpringUP is a parent buddy program. We work with children on Social Emotional Learning(SEL) through experiential programs. We facilitate skills and vocabulary for children that enables parents to seamlessly follow up at home.
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