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Juarline Stavrinos, second row at left, and her business partner, Margarita Daskalakis, with their families.
BY BETH WHITEHOUSE
heels over something as simple as a snack. “My son was having these new temper tantrums that were going on for sometimes 45 minutes at home,” says Cunha, 40, a stay-at-home mother from New Hyde Park. “I was at my wits’ end.”
Then she heard about a workshop in Mineola called Effective Parenting Through Meltdowns and Tantrums. At the $10 workshop given by the parenting education company High Functionin Family, Cunha says, she learned she should ignore her son’s behavior when he becomes demanding instead of engaging with him in a power struggle. “It was pretty amazing, actually,” Cunha says. “I literally wouldn’t even give him eye contact. He would start whining a little less as he realized I was ignoring him. He knew he was losing the battle.”
before starting their private, for-profit venture two years ago. They offer workshops and coaching about picky eating, how to navigate a special-education classification, how to reduce temper tantrums and more. The temper tantrum workshop grew from experiences with their own children — each has a son and a daughter be- tween the ages of 6 and 10. The workshop is geared to children of all ages. “The typical tantrum is a kid lying on the floor and kicking and screaming,” Stavrinos says. However, while 8-year-olds might not throw themselves on the floor, they will slam doors, stomp and yell, she says. “It’s still their form of a tantrum.”
the first place.
takes parents make when a child has lost it: too much talking and too much emotion, Daskalakis says.
calm, especially if the tantrum is happening in a public place, but the result is worth it, she says.
tantrums from occurring, but addressing the behavior in the heat of a tantrum won’t work, Stavrinos says. “When they’re in the midst of it, they’re not hearing you at all,” she says.
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“High Functioning Family has proven to be a wonderful resource for families and our school! Margarita Daskalakis and Juarline Stavrinos are easy to speak to and very personable. They are extremely informative and well versed in Early Childhood. High Functioning family hosted workshops at the Growing Tree that provided strategies and tips for everyday frustrating situations that occur with our children. Parents were able to open up and share their own stories. It was an enriching learning experience!”
Dawn Friedman, Managing Director Growing Tree