Helping Your Child: Coping with Strong Emotions

Strong emotions can be confusing and frightening to young children if they do not understand them. This is why it is important for parents to start conversations early with their child explaining emotions. Below is a list of resources that focus on how to explain intense feelings and also provides insights from other parents.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (In cooperation with the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau)

This article gives developmental goals for different age ranges. It also explains what your child is going through on the way to those goals. A section on good habits for parents is also included.

Psychology Today

This article gives tips on turning emotional meltdowns into opportunities for mindful development.

Public Broadcasting System

The article, “Dealing with Feelings: Emotional Health” is accompanied by links to further information: Dos and Don’ts, Try This At Home, Also of Interest, Reading List, and a Parents’ Forum.


For a complete list of resources, please visit Helping Kids to Cope with Strong Emotions

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