Dealing with grumpy children!

Posted 30th January, 2020
grumpy child

January is a notoriously gloomy month when everything around us can seem a bit grey. There’s little daylight, Christmas has been and gone, Spring seems a long way away. And it’s not just adults who are affected by the ‘feeling’, children can be too. Have you been dealing with grumpy children recently?

Whether you have grumpy children a lot of the time, sometimes, or just occasionally, it’s true to say that the January gloom doesn’t help anything.

But what can you do? It’s exhausting to feel like you are constantly trying to ‘pep’ your little ones up, or deal with their surly, sometimes rude attitude. Chances are they are too young to really express their feelings, so behaviour patterns give us an insight into how they are feeling.

For example, if:

  • it’s hard to get them up in the morning, 
  • they refuse to cooperate in the usual routines, or 
  • they simply aren’t interested in any of the activities you try and involve them in, it might well be that they are just feeling a little down.

So, what can you do to help?

Cuddles and reassurance that you are there for them, are always a good place to start. 

If you can’t tempt your grumpy child to join in family games, or share a book with you, just carry on anyway and hopefully they will see what fun they are missing out on, and choose to get involved themselves. 

Children can display grumpy tendencies when they are hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Instead of getting annoyed or irritable yourself with a grumpy child (this is hard we know!) perhaps ask yourself if one of those things could be the problem, and take steps to resolve the issue.

We hope as the days and weeks progress into spring that any seasonal grumpiness lessens. If you have concerns about any behaviour patterns in your little ones please don’t hesitate to speak to their key worker. We are here to help.