It is natural for children to face difficulties when it comes to regulating their emotions.
The truth is, their little minds can sometimes have a hard time organizing their emotions and finding the appropriate response.
While some kids will be easier going than others, there are ways to teach your child to use calming methods that will help them calm down, no matter where they are.
WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD CALM DOWN ANYWHERE
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There are some steps that you can take to teach your children to calm down anywhere, even when you aren’t around.
The truth is though, teaching your children to learn how to calm down anywhere, starts with you.
LABEL THE FEELINGS
Often when children experience strong emotions, they have trouble putting them into words.
Teach your children to label their feelings.
Whether they are angry or sad, helping your children to label their feelings will help them to figure out how to react to them.
The movie Inside Out is a great movie to teach your children about feelings.
PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING
This is a fantastic relaxation technique that can help adults and children alike to quickly calm themselves.
Lie flat in a comfortable position.
Then take a deep breath in through your nose for the count of 3 and the blow the air out, past your lips for a count of 3.
Doing this 3-5 times will help you relax instantly.
COUNT TO TEN
Counting to ten is a fantastic way to teach children to stop and think before they react to their mood.
This gives kids a chance to calm down and choose a more positive behavior, or better response.
PUT HANDS IN POCKETS
This may seem incredibly simple, but the truth is, by simply placing their hands in their pockets at the first sign of stress can help to provide physical restraint coupled with deep, relaxing pressure.
This can help to ground and center children, allowing them to think before they act out of anger.
It is important that we as parents recognize and fully acknowledge when our children make great strides in learning how to calm themselves in a tough situation.
Always make sure there are positive words and reinforcements in place to let them know you are proud of them. This will help to encourage them to continue their efforts.
There are many ways to help your child calm down anywhere.
It all comes down to teaching them the correct tools to use even when on their own and helping them learn to self-regulate.
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