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Case Study: My Son and Whining | The Family Podcast Network

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Apr 25

Case Study: My Son and Whining

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One of my sons best attributes is his connection with his emotions.  He can be very sweet, empathic and thoughtful...especially for a 4 year old.  He has always been quick to tend to his little sister and think of others when they are sad.  He experiences pure unadulterated joy of things that surprises me from time to time and can spread smiles across the faces of my wife and I quite easily.

But there is another side to this coin.  He also experiences saddness, dissappointment, and anger in higher doses.  And issue of which I have started feeling increased levels of frustration with.  I have noticed that my ability to curb that frustration has begun to wane so I turned this week to some introspection.

I began to realize that his emotionality is a part of his personality and could be something that makes him millions of dollars or makes him the most happy in his line of work.  My frustration, thought I do not feel guilty for it, can be misappropriated.  If I use that frustration, be hard on him, and try to make him into something he is not, I can expect a very bumpy ride for the both of us.

However, if I can learn to harness that personality trait, temper it, and help him create a conduit for that seemingly frustrating experience, I can help him be the best he can be.
To hear how this story ended check out Episode 82:

Breaking Whining Behavior: Does it Begin with the Kids...Or With Us?

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