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Coping with disappointment

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Friends dropped by with their kids two Sundays ago. They were like rung out rags. Mr. 9 year old narrowly lost both a basketball grand final on Saturday morning and an Aussie Rules final on the Sunday morning.  Miss 4 year old narrated the two games for us. And like most kids of this age with few social filters, she gave us far too much information. She said, “Joe* cried when the basketball lost. He was sad. And mummy was sad too!” Yep, parents and kids felt a bit flat. But their parents had the perfect antidote - adaptive distancing. They were spending that afternoon walking and fishing at nearby beach. Okay they didn’t know they were engaging in some adaptive distancing. They were just doing what came naturally, which is great. Adaptive distance is a strategy that parents can use to help kids handle stress, disappointment or get relief from w...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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