Opening an Emotional Dialogue with Your Young Child
Sometimes it's hard to know how to talk with our young children. Learn how you can open an emotional dialogue with your kids and teach them to communicate their feelings.
One Mom’s View
Melissa, a stay-at-home mother of three children under the age of ten, says, “When my children get mad or have had a bad day and I start talking to them, I feel like I just make things worse. The last time my son got really angry and threw his toys after he had a bad day at school, I got really frustrated and just sent him to his room when I probably should have tried to talk to him about how he felt.” She adds, “Usually I just try to make everything better by either buying them toys or making them cookies, I feel really stupid when I ask them to talk to me because I don’t know what to say. My parents never asked me what my feelings were; my mom and dad would try to gloss everything over.”
Melissa explains that when she used to get upset, her parents would just tell her that “everything would be okay tomorrow.”
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