You’re in the checkout line at the grocerystore when your toddler wants anenticing candy, but you say no. Emotionserupt, and suddenly you’re the epicentreof attention. Now what?
Such moments are perfect for helpingyour young child learn emotionalregulation.
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 withinearshot is passing judgment, but stayfocused on your child,” says SuzanneBlair, program coordinator with the AHSEarly 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 yourteeth? Tensing your shoulders? Raisingyour voice? Take some deep breaths,calm yourself, and your child will slowly