You’re in the checkout line at the grocery
store when your toddler wants an
enticing candy, but you say no. Emotions
erupt, and suddenly you’re the epicentre
of attention. Now what?
Such moments are perfect for helping
your young child learn emotional
PARENTS AND KIDS
When the feelings of young children erupt, parents can use the moment to help their kids learn emotional regulation.
Calming your upset child
Helping youngsters navigate (and learn from) their emotions
WRITTEN BY CHERYL MAHAFFY
Make sure your child is safe.
“You may fear that everyone within
earshot is passing judgment, but stay
focused on your child,” says Suzanne
Blair, program coordinator with the AHS
Early Childhood Team.
“Within a minute, nobody else will
remember this scene. Focus on what’s
important for the long term: your child’s
safety and relationship with you.”
Do you feel yourself gritting your
teeth? Tensing your shoulders? Raising
your voice? Take some deep breaths,
calm yourself, and your child will slowly