Episode 258

Many kids like to be the first one in line or the best one at a game, but children with big emotions seem to need to win more than most. Their desire to be first or best leads to frequent competition and hurting others’ feelings. As parents, we often feel helpless to shift this behavior, as very little of what we try seems to have a long-lasting positive impact.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Reasons why children with big emotions need to be first or best
  • Why our current attempts to change this behavior tend not to work 
  • Strategies to help children handle the discomfort of things not going their way


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