After reading this chapter, think about the expectations that are often placed on children of all ages regarding their emotions. We expect children to behave in such a way that keeps their emotional responses under control but many adults still struggle with this task.
The book states, “Caregivers must manage somehow to be serene, tolerant, and self-controlled if they are to accept and reflect feelings. They must be able to be empathetic. But, at the same time, they must not deny their own feelings…Competent caregivers also learn how to set aside their own feelings when appropriate in order to understand what a child is feeling. This is the empathetic relationship. It is important to help children recognize, accept and then cope with their own feelings.”
In light of the above information, answer the following: How do you express your anger? Do you do it in different ways? Do you find that you often do not express anger when you feel it, especially when you cannot act on it?
This article shares some ways a parent has learned to cope with her own emotional regulation: (Links to an external site.)
Tantrums and Meltdowns
(Links to an external site.)Fostering Emotional Literacy
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Summarize the articles provided as if you were conducting a brief training for caregivers of infants and toddlers in an early childhood setting to help them implement their own emotional regulation. Review the principles covered in Chapter 1 and incorporate information from the principles shared there. Share your summary and visual aid/hand out.
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