Impulse control is a daily challenge for my child, with two different arenas of performance.
In public, at taekwondo, John is sensory-averse.
He is very hesitant to strike (“tag”) another child during sparring or in the self-defense hands-on practice.
However, at home, he can become sensory-seeking, usually as a consequence of frustration.
Now we have opportunity for teachable moments.
(I say) “If you want to spar, you have to tell me”.
We then go through the purposeful ceremony to begin official sparring.
We practice the hand and foot movements, always seeking faster, faster, faster.
On the other hand, sometimes he is just frustrated.
And now we are working on his own use of re-directs for impulse control.
Can he know the difference, and can he also use his skills?
I say, “It’s OK to be angry. You get to do that in the bathroom, so give yourself a time out.” (link)
And he knows (because we have practiced it over and over), that he can come out when (and only then) he chooses to be ready.
Sometimes we go in and out of the bathroom for a while.
But he knows there is no point in trying to renegotiate.
Sometimes my teenager is in the room, and has actually said (more than once), “do you think the answer is going to change, John?”
We talk about why his self-regulation and his self-control is so very vital for his future.
May this help in your house.
Peace be with us,