4 Ways to Help Your Kids Deal with Their Feelings

Has your kid ever thrown a fit? Has she fallen apart and melted into a puddle of tears for no apparent reason? Has he ever gotten upset and said or done something you thought was unacceptable? Am I asking a bunch of unnecessary questions where the answer is obviously going to be, “Yes?” Kids’ emotions are volatile. They escalate quickly and often subside just as quickly. One minute they’re as happy as can be. The next minute their entire world is crashing down around them. The way we as parents handle our kids’ emotional ups and downs is crucial to whether they become better at regulating their emotional responses and becoming more stable over time. It also has a huge impact on their behavior. “When kids feel right, they’ll behave right.” [1] So here are four things you can do help your kids feel right, and the mistakes we often make instead.