Emotional coping skills help children manage feelings that are common, but still uncomfortable. These include emotions like fear, anger, sadness, and disappointment.
A secure and loving family and a positive learning environment supports children and teenagers to develop their own emotional coping skills. Positive interactions and guidance help children learn to express and manage strong emotions in appropriate ways. Handling difficult emotions is a key life skill – one that all parents and caregivers can support children and teenagers to develop.
Life has its ups and downs. Kids have good days and not-so-good days. They need
to learn to express uncomfortable emotions like sadness, fear, and anger in ways
that are not hurtful to themselves or others. They also need to develop
confidence in their own ability to cope with these emotions. Not just now, but
in the future, too.
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Children need to be loved and cared for, and shielded from genuine danger and harm. They need to have parents involved in their lives. At the same time, too much of this can rob kids of confidence in their ability to handle challenges. They can come to rely on their parents instead of developing independence. And if they never learn how to cope with strong emotions, they will struggle in adulthood. Parents can get the balance right, and support coping skills, by making positive changes.
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New skills and strategies to handle challenging or difficult behavior and situations help parents and caregivers develop new ways of dealing with life in general. Better relationships and more positive interactions help increase a child’s or teenager’s emotional resilience.