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3 Techniques to Help Your Child Master Their Emotions

Raising children comes with its share of joys and challenges, and navigating a child’s emotional world can be particularly tricky. Witnessing tantrums, meltdowns, or constant worry can be frustrating for both parents and children.

But there’s good news! Emotional self-regulation, the ability to manage emotions effectively, is a skill that can be learned!

Hi, I’m Amanda Cypret, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor at Silver River Counseling, and in this article, I’ll share 3 techniques that empower your child to manage their feelings independently and build resilience.


Build an “Emotion Toolbox”


Just like any physical skill, emotional regulation requires practice. Create a toolbox of calming activities your child can choose from when feeling overwhelmed.

This can include deep breathing exercises such as counting to five during each inhale and exhale, physical movement that involves jumping jacks, stretching, or dancing to release energy. Or even calming sensory activities such as fidget toys, soothing music, or a weighted blanket.

You are the most important tool as you can support your child through co-regulation.

Remember, the key is to personalize the toolbox with activities your child enjoys.


Validate and Label Emotions


When your child is experiencing strong emotions, avoid dismissing them with phrases like “Calm down” or “Don’t cry.” Instead, meet your child where they are by validating their feelings with empathy and help them label the emotion. You can try saying something like this, “I can see you are feeling frustrated that your toy broke.

Labeling emotions helps children understand what they’re experiencing and gives them language to communicate their needs.


Rehearse for Tough Situations


Practice doesn’t always make perfect, but it sure improves preparedness! Role-playing challenging situations in a safe and playful environment can equip your child with coping strategies that they can use in the future.

For example, role-play asking for help calmly when feeling frustrated or taking deep breaths before responding to a disagreement. Encourage open communication and celebrate their efforts, even if things don’t go perfectly.


Remember, patience and consistency are key. These techniques take time and practice to master, but with your support and guidance, your child can develop the emotional self-regulation skills they need to thrive.

If you find that you need additional support, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today. We’re here to help.

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