What makes a child cranky

Hina is a happy girl who always enjoy talking and playing. However, she can also be cranky for some reasons. When she is cranky, I try to calm myself down first before I say anything. Then I talk to her to find out the reason.

Hina becomes cranky when she is not satisfied with basic needs of human beings such as getting enough sleep, eating good food, and having entertainment.

When it comes to food, children are picky because they are sensitive to taste. When we travel, it’s hard to find the food we want. So we started to cook by ourselves.

Food is a part of culture and it’s interesting to learn about food in a different area. But I think she can learn it when she needs to, and it’s not so effective if she is forced to taste something.

When she becomes cranky, we try to find a way to avoid it next time. She cries and complains for not being able to have what she wants. I think it’s important for her to share such emotion to understand what she really wants.

It’s also important for me to understand what makes her cranky. We can discuss ways to avoid it , too, that would let her manage the situation.


Engineer -> Post graduate -> Educator -> Full-time Mother. University lecturer of a local university in Cambodia since 2015. She has chosen unschooling education style for her daughter. 2015年10月より、カンボジアで大学教師に。娘の教育はアンスクールングと呼ばれるスタイルで。

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