HELPING CHILDREN MANAGE FEELINGS (Source: Kids Matter)

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HELPING CHILDREN MANAGE FEELINGS

Summary of article:
– emotional regulation is behaviour which is learnt children, as is attention, the ability to share & concentrate so that they can become independent
– the process is called self-regulation, such as:
– developing the motivation to share a toy with a sibling
– stopping themselves doing something they really want to (impulse control)
– Learning new skills is always accompanied by ups & downs
– parents have a role to play in their children developing these skills:
– provide support (acknowledgment, validation, modelling of calm) at known difficult transition times (such as at bedtime)
– break down complicated tasks (& identify which tasks & when – such as getting ready for school) so they are more likely to be one successfully so as to inspire confidence & develop mastery (small steps to make it “safe” & less overwhelming)
– lead by example (model self-regulation)

Source: Kids Matter @ https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/enewsletter/helping-children-manage-feelings

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