If you are a parent, you are probably familiar with children throwing tantrums after not getting their way. This is common for children, but becomes exceedingly more problematic and embarrassing when adults do the very same thing!
This is why parents need to be faithful in teaching their children how to properly handle disappointment. Handling disappointment is an essential skill for adults of good character.
How to Train Your Children to Properly Handle Disappointment
Years ago, when I was a police officer, I was able to perceive which adults were taught to cope with disappointment as children and which adults were not, simply by interacting with them at a traffic stop. Believe me, it can be painful to watch a grown man weeping and making a scene about a small ticket while his kids watch him from the back seat.
I think it is safe to assume that people like this were not taught to handle disappointment as children. Alternately, some other adults have no problem apologizing for their minor traffic crime, respectfully accepting the ticket, and moving along. No doubt, these adults learned to handle disappointing situations when they were young.
Parents, it is fine to allow your kids to taste disappointment now and again by saying “no” or by telling them to be patient. If these simple actions provoke your children and they start to throw a fit, make sure consistent and proper consequences are not far behind. This builds character and will help them accept responsibility and deal with disappointment as children and when they become adults.
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