We can all find it difficult to manage our emotions from time to time, but for kids in particular, dealing with emotions can often be a confusing and frustrating experience. To help you help them when it comes to dealing with emotion, I’ve teamed with a Sixth Form college in Hampshire to guide you through some tips of what to do when managing emotions!
Name the feeling
Helping your child manage emotion needs to begin with a both a simple and complex step: helping them to identify what it is that they are feeling. EMotions are complex things, it won’t always be as easy as them saying ‘I am happy’ or ‘I am sad.’ Help them to articulate what it is that they are feeling and what kinds of emotions they are feeling whenever they are overwhelmed or confused.
Identify Feelings in Others
Be it drawing attention to your own emotions or watching a film or TV, ask your child to try and identify certain emotions and reflect on what someone else is feeling. This will not only help them to identify and manage their own emotions, but it will help them be a more empathetic person who is more aware of other people’s feelings.
Listen to them
You do your very best to make sure you never dismiss what they are feeling. It may be easy to think that an issue they’re facing isn’t that serious in the grand scheme of things, but to dismiss them out of hand can risk your children thinking less about their emotions. They might end up feeling embarrassed or belittled in a way that can have a negative impact towards them engaging with their emotions further down the line.
Give praise when your child is open to you about their emotions. Having that positive reinforcement towards any moment where they share what it is they are thinking will encourage them to share more, not just with you but with other important people in their liives.