Search

Managing Emotions

Managing Emotions

Do you teach your children strategies to deal with their emotions? I was thinking about this yesterday because my son got (understandably) upset over a disappointment, but then expressed his anger in an inappropriate way. He knew it was wrong, but it made me realize that we haven’t done a great job teaching him appropriate ways to express anger or other emotions. If you’ve done something that has worked, I’d love to hear it!

Comments

  1. Me too! This is a great question for us as well as my kindergartner seems to be having some control issues since starting school. She rips things out of my hand and slams the door. We told her when she’s angry to stomp her feet or scream in her pillow, but not to use her hands on anyone.

    Yesterday I noticed an improvement when I praised her several times for listening, or helping without being asked. We also started using a listening chart during the mornings and evenings to give her a little more control. Only one outburst yesterday as opposed to 3 or 4.

    Reply Flag this comment
  2. We do deep breaths and verbalization at our house. I have taught my daughter to take three deep breaths and then say aloud why she is so upset. The best is that when I get upset (think traffic), she reminds me how I should handle it. 🙂

    Reply Flag this comment
  3. I also tell my 3 year old to take deep breaths when she is upset. It has helped her manage her outburst most of the time. Good luck!

    Reply Flag this comment
  4. Reply Flag this comment
    1. This is helpful! We tried deep breaths this morning and it worked!

      Flag this comment Reply

Tell us who you are! We use your name to make your comments, emails, and notifications more personal.

Tell us who you are! We use your name to make your comments, emails, and notifications more personal.