Once you understand your child’s temperament, develop strategies that honor both your child’s temperament and her need to adapt to the surrounding environment.
• Help your child express her feelings, desires, and preferences.
• Anticipate issues before they occur, including situations that will overly frustrate or challenge her. Some frustration is important for growth, but too much frustration can be problematic.
• Select situations or activities that fit your child’s temperament so she will be able to accomplish her goals and feel successful.
• Acknowledge and understand temperament mismatches to avoid recurring battles.
• Identify your child’s strengths to support her success with tasks and relationships.
• Give your child’s natural disposition room to flourish.
• Have realistic expectations of your child and yourself.
All temperament qualities work towards your child’s advantage, if they are sensitively managed.