Updated: May 11, 2020
There is one thing that you are quickly going to realise when you become a parent, that you are also a teacher. We don’t mean that you need to start brushing up on your algebra, but we mean that you are someone who your child will look to in order to learn how they should behave in social situations and in their everyday lives.
One area that it is down to you to show your child how to deal with and how to manage our emotions. Here is a very good article that you can read here and a book that I suggest you read before anything else: The Psychology of the Child (Jean Piaget)
Even as adults it can be hard to know how best to show and manage our emotions, so how do you teach your child how to do this when you are not sure yourself?
Here at Jumping Stars, we want to help parents out as much as we can (which is why we created our professional mobile creche services in the first place) so, we have put together our guide on how to teach your child all about their emotions.
Give feelings a label
Without a name, how can you ever ask your child to try and express the way that they feel? Depending on the age of your child you can name these to be relatively basic expressions, such as sad, happy or angry. As your child gets older, you can start to give these terms more specific names such as disappointment or anxiety. When you can name a feeling or emotion, then you can start to learn how best to cope with them being a part of your life.
Figure out if there is a trigger
Although it may feel as if your emotions come from no rational place, chances are that there will be some kind of trigger that has caused those feelings. It might mean that you need to take a few steps back with your child to figure out what has caused them to feel that way, but if they can identify it then they can start to work out a way to make sure that they don’t feel that way again in the future.
How often have you felt better for simply taking the time to talk things out? The same can be said for your children. Sometimes just being able to talk things out and express the way that they are feeling is all that they are going to need to feel better. So, let them. You might not be able to help them or even offer any advice, but by giving them space to freely speak and vent, that could be all they need to try and feel better.
As parents, we want to make sure that we can help our children and make them feel better, but sometimes there is nothing that we can do. Instead, we just need to give them the space to feel as well as the knowledge of how best to identify their emotions and figure out how best to vocalise them and manage those feelings.
Here at Jumping Stars, we take into consideration parents advice and work in close partnership with them to make sure all the children attending our creche are content, well looked after and have the right environment to play and learn at the same time.
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