Children are little people with big emotions. As they go through their early years, they are learning to recognize their thoughts and feelings. Our journey as parents/guardians begin by Helping them identify and understand the full range of human emotions.
Helping children understand, accept and communicate their emotions will reflect their ability to deal with big moments in their lives such as welcoming a new sibling into the family, moving to a new neighbourhood or starting kindergarten.
The most powerful way to boost your child’s emotional intelligence, is to show them you care. Be supportive and encouraging to create a safe space and trust. You can support your child when they are overwhelmed by labelling emotions, owning them and then helping them self-regulate.
Self- regulation is an empowering skill and can be practiced by playing games to help them wait, follow directions and accept losing. Play experiences can help children develop a healthy understanding and ability to control their emotions, behaviour and way of thinking as they go through life’s testing situations and them be able to react appropriately and confidently.
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