The power of praise
Whenever your child gets stuck in a crying jag, try to find something to praise her for. It can be any little move she makes toward calming herself, like going to get herself a tissue or taking a deep breath. She can't help smiling when you do this. Then the meltdown is over and she's able to move on with her day.
Play the Pizza Game
When your child is grumpy, just say, "Okay, time to make you into a pizza." Pick her up and knead the dough and toss her in the air, which is really just tickling and gentle roughhousing. Then you sprinkle her with make-believe cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni — another good chance for tickling! Then you plop her in a pretend oven (the couch) and presto, her bad mood is over!
Let the Air outWhen you're driving in the car and your child is feeling upset, youroll the windows down all the way, even if it's freezing out and snowing, and then you blow all the "bad" air out of our bodies.Child always feels better afterward and so do you.
Take a good mood car wash
When your child is in a funk, put her through a car wash that would wash her bad mood away. You have her push an invisible button to enter the "good mood car wash," and then twirl her around, tickle her, and make silly sounds. She will fall over laughing by the time you're done.
Stop and listen
When your child, is feeling upset, sometimes they just needs you to listen to them. With kids, you're often in a rush to try to find an answer to their problems or a cure to whatever is bothering them. But you think it's often more helpful to stop everything and be in the moment and simply ask them what's wrong. If they are not ready to talk about it right then, you give them individual attention, play with them, and make sure you are just there for them.
Foster a social butterfly
Children always seem happier when they're surrounded by a group of family and friends. Some of the times you can see them happiest are at large family gatherings, when they've had a chance to interact with a lot of people they know and love. For that reason, you include yourchildren as often as possible in social outings. It teaches childrenabout the joy and skills of interacting with many different kinds of people.
Get your ya-yas out
If you have a very physical, "spirited" child. It will take you forever to realize that whenever your child is really grumpy or frustrated, what he needed most was to get outside and play or simply run around the house for a few minutes. Even if you are busy and trying to get ready for dinner, stop and announce to your child that it's time for him to "get his ya-yas out." Now he even uses that term when he's feeling out of sorts. Getting his ya-yas out always cheers him up.