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The best way to learn how to manage emotions in children

Miniland Educational: Playing today, for tomorrow

By Miniland

November 7, 2017

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Every parent worries about teaching their children how to handle the overwhelming emotions that they are undoubtedly going to experience in their lifetime. After all, it’s not often how situations present themselves to us that shape our lives, but rather the way in which we handle the emotions that these situations bring out in us.

It can be hard to imagine in amidst your child throwing their vegetables on the floor, kicking siblings, biting you, or crying at the top of their lungs – that there is a way to teach them how to get a handle on all their overwhelming emotions

You sometimes just have to say no to your children; that what they are doing is unacceptable. It’s constructive to set limits on your children and teach them how to handle emotions, but you can’t put a cap on what they can and can’t feel. Repressing emotions often leads to even bigger outbursts or psychological impacts further down the line.

You have to teach your children to acknowledge their emotions and express them in a constructive manner. How exactly can you do this though? Here’s our advice:

Set a good example

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Kids learn through example, and as a parent, you need to model a healthy self-management approach to your emotions. This means that even you need to keep your emotions in check. Don’t lose your temper in traffic, try not to shout at your children unnecessarily; step back, take stock of the situation and make sure you react in a meaningful, constructive way.  You teach your child about emotion regulation every time you stop yourself from reacting to a situation in a negative way.

Accept their feelings

No matter what you do, you can’t stop your child from feeling what they are feeling. This would just cause pent-up frustrations to boil over. Your child’s emotions may seem ridiculous or inconvenient to you but it doesn’t change the fact they are actually feeling them. Instead, act with some empathy, give your child somewhere to turn, and instead of acting out and throwing tantrums they will turn to you for solace and guidance.

Guide but don’t punish

Be strict with your child when they react badly to situations; tell them what they are doing is not okay and make sure they understand the repercussions of their actions - but don’t punish them for their emotions. This will lead to repressed emotions and problems further down the line. Instead, offer them guidance on how best they can work through their emotions.

Educate and play to learn

Children love to play, and what better way to teach them about emotions than having fun. Use products such as Play Miniland and Emoticapsules that teach your child to identify the various emotions that they go through every day, and the best ways for them to handle the situations.

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Our Miniland educational toys are developed specifically to help children reach different developmental milestones and how to get a handle on the skills that they will need at this young age and for the rest of their lives. Contact us for more information on our wonderful products.