Helping Kids Cope With Strong Emotions

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.

Child Mind Institute

Help your child develop an ‘emotional IQ’ and how to head off big emotions.


Having problems with a specific emotion? KidsHealth has an extensive list of helpful articles on identifying and understanding emotions.


Help preschoolers with emotions and avoid outbursts by labeling the feeling being exhibited and showing how to handle the emotion.

Psychology Today

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

Public Broadcasting System

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


This article covers how to help your child have a healthy relationship with their emotions, and how to avoid reinforcing emotional outbursts. There are also links to other articles that discuss topics such as teaching anger management.