Helping Your Child Manage BIG Emotions

There’s been a lot of changes for kids and adults alike over the last fourteen months! From being in “lockdown” during the height of the pandemic, to social distancing, to being apart from friends and family…to schools being completely remote, then hybrid, and now, for many children, going back to full-time, in-person learning…it’s been a wild ride!

Our Green 1 children display their “happy” emotion during snack (and a mask break!) at the 76th Street location.

My daughter returned to in-person learning in March, and she has been so happy going back to school. Much of her first year in elementary school has been filled with stops and starts (including a fourteen-day quarantine in the fall due to COVID exposure). Yet, despite the excitement and happiness about being in school, the love she has for her amazing teachers, and playing in-person with her friends, the return to full-time learning has been hard on her. She doesn’t have the stamina she had in previous years of being in school to last a six hour day, and meltdowns have occurred. Her kindergarten teacher assured me that this was normal, and that every child in the class has reacted to the full-time, in-person learning in different ways. Some are clingier to parents than they once were; others are frustrated easily; some are completely wiped out from the longer day; and others are just overwhelmed with starting anew…again…in March, no less, after doing this a mere six months ago in September.

We can’t see their (whole) faces, but we can guess that the Pre-K Room at 86th Street is feeling happy while on a trip to Carl Schurz Park!

In my travels and research for IPS curriculum, I’ve come across several interesting articles with effective options that I’d like to share with you. I hope you find them helpful! Additionally, our Developmental Specialist, Jaya Misra, recently wrote a fantastic newsletter on limit setting, the concept of which goes hand-in-hand with children sharing big emotions. If you are a member of the IPS community, be sure to read that newsletter as well!

Managing Emotions (from PBS Kids for Parents)

Parents.com – Handling Emotions

Teaching Children About Emotions (from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation)

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