We all struggle with our feelings sometimes, but for children, processing big emotions can be especially challenging. This can lead to anger, aggressiveness or acting out, especially if they feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Start by acknowledging it’s okay to have these feelings, and help identify them by name. That way, you can help your child manage how they respond in future. Demonstrating and rewarding the behaviours you want to see more of can help, too.
If your child is finding it difficult to process their feelings, suggest they try these activities:
Go easy on yourself: things won’t always go smoothly. Your emotions have a part to play too, and when you’re upset it’s harder to be patient. Remember to show yourself empathy, as well as your child.
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