Tuesday 12 July 2022

Teaching Your Child to Manage Their Emotions

As a parent, an important thing to know is that the way you react to your children's emotions has an impact on the development of their emotions. We are all born with emotions but knowing how to safely handle them is taught. 

As a baby, the only way they can communicate is through their emotions even though they have no clue what it is. There are primary emotions like anger, joy, and fear as well as secondary emotions like anxiety which comes from fear, or violence which comes from anger. These are learned through experiences. 

Here are some ways to teach your child to manage their emotions.

Through childhood, secondary emotions come into play more. They are at a standstill between understanding which emotions are appropriate and which ones aren’t and how to express the emotion they’re truly feeling deep inside. 

As a parent, the best thing to do is sit your child down in this situation and help them through it.

 The first thing to do is to identify what it is they are feeling and find out what triggered it. Through this alone, you’re teaching your child a coping mechanism on how to manage these emotions by themselves.

Model this behaviour yourself. When abruptly hit with emotions that are overwhelming, try and take a couple of minutes to remind yourself of your child who may be watching or listening and take appropriate measures to handle it. 

Children learn from what they see and the majority of the time it’s how their parents behave that engraves habits into them. If a child is exposed to many negative emotions, it can make them struggle in the future. 

Similarly taught in these private colleges, try and keep a balance of emotions exposed and attempt to stay more positive for better long-term effects. 

Validating your child's emotions will ultimately allow them to independently manage them as well as understanding when and where is appropriate to show certain ones. 

Creating that safe space of understanding will allow your child to develop the skills to effectively manage their emotions no matter what situation they’re in.

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