Sometimes my 2 1/2 year old daughter gets upset or anxious about something- usually when she is playing when she is tired like early morning (which she used to not be cranky in the morning before she stopped taking an afternoon nap but that's a whole other issue). She will get something in her head like a barbie's hair is too messy, yet despite every effort on her and my part we cannotget it good enough for her and she gets frustrated and upset and she fusses angrily at me to get it right. Sometimes she can't figure out how to word exactly how she wants something, even though she is extremely verbal, and gets frustrated with me, and sometimes what she wants done is just impossible like something won't fit the way she wants it to. She fusses and whines and gets upset. I've tried teaching her to take deep breaths, make a bunny face, etc to help her relax but she wants no part of that. Sometimes if I tickle her I can get her to [I]start [I]to loosen up and eventually get past it. Other times I don't know what else to do but tell her that I cannot help her when she is speaking to me that way and stop helping or walk away. But that really upsets her. Does anyone have any ideas for helping/teaching her to handle her frustration? In other situations when she is not locking into frustration she speaks politely, or at least she does when we ask her to, so she does understand that she needs to speak politely.
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