Connecting Before Correcting Big Feelings
How to encourage good behavior by connecting with children
- Putting yourself in the position to be their ally, someone who can help them navigate their emotions, rather than combatting them.
- Helping your child learn to name their emotions, which goes a long way in ultimately helping them to regulate their own feelings.
- Priming your child to be more receptive when you provide “correction,” by teaching them safer ways to regulate and express their emotions.
- Helping your child to identify and empathize with emotions in others so they can build stronger relationships and help those around them.