The early ages of social and psychological development when your child starts to experience and display emotions are as important and crucial as any other aspects of growth. The ages 2 to 6 are extremely significant and represent the prime time period where you can effectively shape your child’s character by helping him/her control and deal with his / her emotions in a positive manner.
The following tips and tricks reveal the secrets to ensuring emotional stability in your child through some simple yet excellent parenting hacks.
Listen To Your Child
Ever heard of the phrase “talk it out”? This is exactly what you are asking your kid to do here. Soothe and relax your kid and present him/her the perfect opportunity to share his/her feelings, whether good or bad. It is not just negative emotions that can have a bad effect, but an excess of positive emotions can lead to unsuitable actions as well.
For example, excitements over a vacation abroad can possible lead to your child bragging about it to friends at school. Therefore, be receptive and attentive when you listen to your child talk as this is the only way you can guide him/her according to the situation.
What children learn in their first few years can be especially determining of their future years, not only in health but also mentally and emotionally. Therefore, it is essential that you instil positive values in your children from an early age. If your child likes the dress a friend is wearing, teach him/her to appreciate and praise his / her friend’s choice, rather than feeling jealous.
This will not only promote love and friendship between the two but also take negative emotions such as jealousy to the back foot. It will also teach your children to have a positive outlook.
Divert or Distract Attention
Ask your kid to recount his / her experience where he lost control of his emotions. For example, if your child tends to throw objects around when he gets angry, turn it into a sport where he can expend his physical energy.
Similarly, if he/she tends to resort to violence when angry, turn the shoves into a quick pillow fight. Not only will you both be giggling and laughing in a matter of moments, but you will also be successful in making him forget the reason he/she got angry in the first place.
Children look up to their parents and will naturally imitate them in every way possible. Always appear calm and collected in front of your children and exude positive and healthy vibes. This ensures a healthy environment and a natural optimism about you that spreads to others. Similarly, praise, and if possible, reward your child when he/she deals with his / her emotions in a balanced way.
In conclusion, encouraging your child to share, maintaining an optimistic outlook, being a good role model and implementing coping strategies is the perfect combination that helps children deal with their emotions and the actions associated with them. Always make sure to be available and be resourceful for your children. This guarantees a close and healthy relationship and a constructive approach to problems!