Children experience a wide variety of emotions on a daily basis. You may notice that your child can quickly go from feeling calm and content to feeling overwhelmed or angry and acting on that emotion.
In my work with parents of young children, I often talk with parents about how they can help their children work through big emotions. I first remind them that all emotions are valid and normal. Then, I discuss how they can teach their children to respond to emotions in a helpful manner, such as taking deep breaths, rather than in an unhelpful manner, such as hitting or throwing something.
During this moment, the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking, called the prefrontal cortex, is “offline.” Teaching and practicing calming techniques with kids can help them work through big emotions by encouraging the rational thinking part of the brain to come “online.”
Below are 5 calming techniques you can teach to and practice with your child:
Next time you notice your child experiencing a big emotion, practice these calming techniques with them and encourage them to notice how they feel afterwards!
Written by: Mary Anne Sylvester
Originally posted on Grow Counseling