Preventing a Meltdown

Acknowledging children’s strong feelings as soon as they are noticed can decrease the intensity of the feelings, possibly preventing a meltdown. Every child is different.  What are the signs your child is feeling sad, angry, or worried? See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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“Meltdowns” and Brain Science

Have you ever wondered why children don’t listen to calm reasoning when they are having a meltdown (or tantrum)?  Brain science shows us that intense emotions and problem-solving cannot occur at the same time.  Ideally, acknowledge strong emotions before they become overwhelming for your child. If that opportunity is missed (which can easily happen), waiting […]

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What are your child’s signals that they are having strong feelings?

Use emotion coaching to acknowledge your child’s feelings as soon as you notice them.  When a child is in “meltdown”, they can’t think.  If you miss the opportunity before they become overwhelmed with feelings, use emotion coaching after the overwhelm has passed. See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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Strengthening Your Child’s Social-Emotional Skills

We know helping our children express their feelings in a healthy way builds social-emotional skills. Those social-emotional skills aid in developing positive relationships and having a positive school experience. One way to foster these skills is by talking with children about feelings. See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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Emotion Coaching Script

You’ve learned a bit about emotion coaching and how it benefits your child.  You’d like to give it a try.  Here’s a guide to help you get started. See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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What is Emotion Coaching?

When parents, caregivers, and trusted adults use emotion coaching, children learn to understand their feelings and learn to cope with stress and strong emotions. See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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Understanding Feelings

Talking about characters in books is a comfortable way for children to explore feelings and different ways to cope with their strong feelings.  Here are some ideas to get the conversation started. See @raisingwichildren for more parenting tips.

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