How To Help A Child Cope With Emotions
How to help a child cope with emotions
Your son got rejected by his friend to homecoming.
"Are you sad because you're disappointed or embarrssed?"
"Please remember that you are worthy of love."
"Why are you crying? Is it because it was your favorite toy or because the sound of the bang startled you?"
Your son is having a tantrum for not getting a toy at the grocery store.
"Why are you frustrated? Is it because you can't have a toy right now or because you've always wanted that toy?"
"Getting upset and angry won't make you get a toy."
Your daughter seems very stressed before the cheerleader competition.
"How are you feeling? Are you anxious because you're afraid of losing? Are you worried because of your last year hand surgery?"
"Always remember that you're going to win either way. A trophy or a valuable experience."
Let them really think about how they're actually feeling. Be sure to validate their emotions and to guide to manage them.