A bit of background
We all have days when we just feel irritable, tired and annoyed -when the ‘fed up and hōhā’ temperature gauge runs from the bored/tired type, to the irritable/snappy type, to the hyperactive/disruptive type. And when we feel fed up or hōhā it’s pretty hard to just ‘be’ with ourselves, let alone others!
Oftentimes we know we feel like this and are behaving unfairly or out-of-sorts but it can be really hard to find a reason why, or a way of clambering out.
This doesn’t tend to be an emotion we need to do lots of detective work around. The most important teachable moment is that tamariki (and us) recognise these ‘scratchy’ emotions early and find ways to manage or regulate them before they lead to disengaged or disruptive behaviour – especially as these moods are often contagious!