Strong emotions can easily make a child feel out of control. The feelings workshop provides parents and caregivers with strategies to help children cope, especially with negative emotions. Strategies include:
Help your child name his or her emotions. Providing children with vocabulary, such as disappointed, surprised, frustrated and grumpy will help them gain a sense of control and enable them talk about their feelings. Listen to how they are feeling with empathy and help them discover good solutions. Make sure you set limits on their behavior and consistently follow through on your words. Parents are children's strongest role model, and children learn about emotions by watching how you handle your feelings.
Learn more practical strategies and skills necessary for a preschooler's social skills development by watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on Vegas PBS.
Share a picture book that models coping skills and feelings-related vocabulary. Some great choices are How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann, If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera or When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang. Make connections with the text by asking children to describe a time they felt the same emotion as the characters.