Emotional Acceptance

Here are three steps to accept our children’s emotions so they can be expressed in a healthy manner:

  1. Take a deep breath and remain calm (joining their big emotions will escalate the situation)
  2. Hold firmly to your boundary, position or limit (this isn’t about being permissive or giving in)
  3. Let their feelings be and acknowledge them.  When your child is annoyed with their friend.  Acknowledge, “You’re feeling frustrated right now”. 

“When we let these feelings be, we connect deeply with our children and encourage them to process emotions, build confidence and resilience”