Teaching Your Child to Manage their Emotions

September 2, 2022

Childhood can be a confusing time. There are lots of changes for children to adjust to from leaving their friends and teachers behind as they move schools to changes within their friendship groups. Unfortunately, as much as you may want to as a parent, you can’t bubble wrap and protect your child from the difficult emotions that they will have to deal with either. They will likely experience them again at a later stage as an adult and have to manage their emotions, offering them practice. What you can do however, is teach them ways in which they can deal with them better and regulate their emotions. Here are some techniques that were recommended for children by a group of educational professionals.

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Mindfulness

If you’re unfamiliar with mindfulness, it is a way in which we can improve our concentration and shift focus from the difficult emotions that we experience. There are many different techniques but they all essentially encourage you to connect with your external environment and how you feel using the five senses. 

Young Children

For young children, some parents use a technique called “Counting Candles”. Children must imagine that their fingers are lit candles and extinguish them by blowing on each.

Talk to Your Child

Talking therapy is highly effective at helping those that suffer from mental health problems. A problem shared is a problem halved as they say and can offer children some perspective when they feel overwhelmed by what’s happening around them. It gives you the opportunity to offer emotional support and encourage them to tackle their problems head on. This also means creating a safe space where they can come to you for support and guidance. 

Breathing

The way that we breathe can have a real impact on how we feel. When we’re anxious or stressed, we tend to breathe quicker and shallower breaths which can exacerbate how we feel. Slowing down and taking deeper breaths can help with this.

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