Why do emotions matter in parenting?
Why do emotions matter at all?
As we go through life, we would notice and even encounter conflicts all around us: from sibling rivalry or spousal quarrels to family feuds, from tiffs between neighbors to workplace disputes, from political dissensions to warfare.
If you take a closer look at these disagreements, you will notice that the heart of most social disengagements is actually related to EMOTIONS.
It is the misreading of the emotions.
It is the misinterpreting of the emotions.
It is the irregulating of the emotions.
When a child is upset, if we do not learn their physiological signals or teach them how to express their frustration properly, this feeling of discontent will start to build up and eventually turns habitual and becomes a behavioral issue or a character trait.
Emotional development is a complex process that begins in infancy and continues into adulthood. Emotional regulation takes place in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, which isn't fully developed until the mid-twenties. This means emotional regulation can be hard for all children. Some children, such as those with autism or ADHD, may struggle significantly with this skill.
In order to regulate emotions, you will need to know how to be aware of these:
1. Identifying Emotions