How To Teach Your Kids To Cope With Frustration

May 6, 2013

FrusrtatedChildWhat do you do when your kids are frustrated, angry or disappointed?

Do you tell them to stop whining or do you tell them to think positive and look on the bright side? Maybe you just leave them alone until they calm down?

So, how should you respond when your children are clearly frustrated, angry or disappointed?

In this week’s show, host Chiao Kee Lim speaks with family therapist, parenting expert and the Director of The Stone Center for Counseling and Leadership, Leslie Petruk about how parents can teach their kids to cope with frustration.

Listen in as they talk about:

• How to respond to your kids when they are frustrated, angry or disappointed (both young children and teenagers);
• Common mistakes parents make that make their children shut off and stop talking to them;
• Why giving them advice and telling them to think positive when they are frustrated is counterproductive;
• Specific examples on how to use the strategy Leslie shared such as: when your kids are frustrated while waiting; when kids get frustrated when they are learning to do something and don’t get it; and when teenagers encounter disappointment such as not making a grade or not making a sports team.

To listen to the show, go HERE.

Have questions or comments? Connect with Chiao Kee using the Contact Us form on this site.

About The Guest

Leslie Petruk is a Child & Family Therapist and Parenting Expert. She has worked with children, couples and families to help them lead more connected and compassionate lives for over fifteen years. Leslie and her husband of 19 years live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their three children , where she owns and runs her Counseling Center—The Stone Center for Counseling and Leadership.

Leslie’s greatest joy is her husband and three children.  Her 11 year old son has special needs, she along with her two daughters have been blessed with ADHD and her husband is dyslexic! So, suffice it to say – she knows the challenges which she speaks of. Leslie loves sharing “this was not one of my finer parenting moment” stories when she teaches and coaches parents, and with three children she’ll never run out of stories to share!

Leslie is a contributing writer for Little Ones Magazine and is often interviewed for news stories related to various Parenting topics and has been interviewed for articles in publications such as Ode Magazine,, Charlotte Parent and many others.  She is the author of the upcoming book, “OMG!  I Sound Just Like My Mother:  How to Parent your way with courage, clarity and compassion”.

For more information about Leslie, visit her website at




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