I challenge you to notice when you are in that moment and think about your expectations. What do you think your child will do? If you are expecting a poor outcome, then try to re-frame your thinking in order to expect a more positive ending!
I plan to try this with my 6-year-old who has been having major meltdowns lately any time I ask him to stop playing and do something. I’m guessing the hardest part will be actually believing in a positive resolution… given our recent track record! Sometimes it helps if I approach the situation differently, because then I’m able to envision a different, more positive outcome!
Given the name of this post, I couldn’t resist sharing video links for a trailer of the recent BBC adaptation of the Classic Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, a trailer for the 1998 Great Expectations film interpretation with Ethan Hawke and Gwenyth Paltrow that I love, AND a pretty good song by New Jersey band Gaslight Anthem called Great Expectations!