How to help children cope with their emotions?
It can be difficult for anyone to cope with their emotions but that is even more of a reality for children. As their brains are still developing and their bodies are filled with ever changing hormones, it can be especially difficult for children to cope with their emotions and even more so during the COVID pandemic. This article will help provide guidance so you can ensure your kids can understand and deal with their emotions in a healthy and productive way.
Importance of Emotional Understanding
Teaching your children the value of emotional understanding is one of the best lessons they can learn. Children who struggle to understand their emotions take this uncertainty into later life and this can seriously hamper both their cognitive development and even relations.
Tips to Help Cope With Emotions
Try using these tips to help your child cope with their emotions.
1. Give Feelings A Label
One of the factors that make emotions so difficult to cope with for children is that emotions are so intangible. By giving these emotions labels, even simple ones like happy or sad, you can begin to teach them why they are feeling these things. With this basis of understanding, they can then begin to understand more complex feelings and more easily cope with them.
2. Find Triggers
Finding the triggers to your child’s emotions is a useful exercise for both you and your child. It’s important to recognise what sets them off, so that they can understand why they feel these emotions and so you can know how to react. Once you are confident with what the triggers may be, you will be able to effectively deescalate overly emotional situations like tantrums
3. Use Up Frustrated Energy
Pent up energy in a child is nothing unusual. Sometimes, you simply can’t avoid overwhelming emotions and the best option is finding a way to channel them. Exercise, particularly outdoors, is a great way to channel all this energy. Alternatively, you can channel it with creativity. Try drawing, painting or building blocks! Creative outlets are an excellent way to channel emotion, particularly for children who are new to talking.
4. Deep Breathing
One of the signs of a child losing control of their emotions is their breathing. It becomes erratic and out of control. Teaching your child deep breathing exercises can be a great way to develop a sense of mindfulness and recognition of how they are feeling in the moment. As they begin to master their own breathing, it will be easier to calm them down when things become a little too intense.
It can be very difficult for a child to cope with their emotions. Not only is it often difficult for them to articulate how they are feeling, it can be hard for them to understand what they are feeling at all! These exercises and techniques will hopefully help them cope, and help you as a parent understand how they are feeling and when to step in. Kern pediatrics is a premier Bakersfield pediatric practice with a huge bank of experience with children’s mental health.