One of the things that I consider of utmost importance is managing emotions. Learn to recognize each one and know how to channel them. For parents, educators, and children, talking about feelings should be paramount.
In my opinion, most children exhibit behavior whose origin is determined by an emotion, for example: something seems very difficult and they get angry instead of talking about it. It si so, the root of human behavior is based on three bases: Emotion – thought – action, and hence the interaction with the world around us.
The same happens with us adults. Very seldom do we talk, let go and release. When they ask us, how are you? We rarely tell the truth, it is not easy to drop a phrase like: “terribly depressed!”. It is true that one does not go that way, releasing to the four winds how one feels, especially if the mood is not of happiness; But there are assertive ways to communicate. That is why emotional education is so necessary, that it allows us to recognize our feelings and those of others and from that to be able to have harmonious relationships, whatever the field in which we operate.
How to teach children to manage their emotions?
The human being does not come with prior knowledge of what emotions mean, he touches, through experience, cataloging them and recognizing their causes and consequences. Parents and other training figures play a very important role in this journey. Both at school and at home, children should have consistent training in this area.
Specialists agree that acquiring emotional intelligence skills is a powerful tool that allows children to grow and adapt to their environment.
Teaching should be adapted to the child’s age, for example, at two years old, children can already begin to identify emotions, how? showing them illustrations or photos of faces that express these emotional states and asking them how they are, sad ?, happy?
At 5 years old, children can define their moods and can be guided in their verbal expression: “I am angry because ‘so-and-so’ took my toy from me”! I am happy because tomorrow we will go to the park! It is decisive that they “say it” and are listened to, because this action puts them at the conscious level of their feeling and helps them to assess whether it is exaggerated or valid, and it will also allow them to find a solution to a particular situation.
So I want to invite you to put these simple recommendations into practice and always talk to your children about emotions.
Do you have any particular technique? I would love for you to share it with us!