Teaching a child skills for enhancing the capacity for emotion regulation is one of the most powerful tools a teacher can help a young child develop.
I have personal experience as a 37 year old man, who had never learned how to properly identify and address his emotions. In my childhood days, my family preferred that ‘A boy should not show his emotions’. And so it stayed that way.
Times have changed since the 80’s that I was born in. Emotions and expression of oneself is something many people now expect, to just come naturally. However, it is a tool that must be developed just as math skills or English language is taught.
And to work through these expressions and maintain balance is also an acquired skill. I hope to address these in my later posts.
One friend used to tell me, “if you don’t express your feelings all the way through, they will come back with friends.” Simply put, if you do not address your emotions they will continue to grow and fester inside you and may eventually manifest into something greater such as resentment.
To start with kids when they are at preschool classrooms, helps them to navigate themselves at later years with ease.It is so important to teach children tools necessary to develop emotion regulation and allow them to feel their feelings!