Erin Patrice O?Brien
Joyful, energetic, and entertaining, he'll also dig in his heels and let you know loudly and clearly when he's unhappy.
How to bring out his best:
- Anticipate blowups. If he's had a meltdown under one set of circumstances, he'll likely have one again. For example, if he has a hard time sharing on playdates, gently steer him from the toy chest when friends are over and involve him in a group activity.
- Keep things calm. The spitfire can be easily overstimulated. When you sense that he's at his breaking point, soften the lights and play soothing music.
- Give clear directions. Your kid can be impulsive. "When you need him to pay attention to what you're saying, get down on his level and make eye contact," advises Laurie LeComer, author of A Parent's Guide to Developmental Delays.
- Enjoy his energy! Feisty kids are passionate, loving, and creative. They need healthy ways to express their feelings.