How to teach children to express emotions

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

How do we model what we're learning and teach children to express emotions … even when we feel like we don’t have time to deal with their “big feelings”?

Neagle Code Answer

Thanks for this question.

First, help your children understand what they're experiencing.

Remember, it's a whole new world for them. They don't know why they're experiencing what they're experiencing. 

The best thing to do is for you to withdraw your big feelings in the moment and get yourself centered before you address them.

Help them understand what they're experiencing and show them an alternate way of expressing their emotions.

When you say, “Don't do that,” or “Put your feelings away,” they don't know how to do that.

Managing emotions is a skill that takes a better part of 30 years for most people to figure out and that’s IF they're diligent with it.

You need to withdraw yourself first. Calm yourself down and then say, “How do I need to address somebody that's five?”

One of the best things that you can do is research and learn how to influence your children, so they WANT to do something and feel as if it’s their choice.

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