As the child learn to adapt to the world, he undergoes lot of emotions. Growing years can be tough on a child emotionally, especially in today’s time. Recent research says that with growing IQ (intellectual quotient) in children, their EQ (emotional quotient) is deteriorating. It’s difficult for a child to understand his own emotions, whether he is feeling right or it is not normal to feel the way he is feeling. Without emotional strength, rest all the abilities of the child are unproductive. So how do we make children gain confidence over their feelings? And how do we make them emotionally strong so that they can deal with their emotions in a positive manner?
Respect your child’s feelings: Listen to your child, with full attention. This would encourage him to be expressive about his emotions. Your attention towards his feelings will make him realize that he is important, thus raising his self esteem.
Accept your child’s feelings: When your child says he is tired after a nap, don’t deny his state of mind. Or else he’ll doubt his own feelings. Show faith, it’ll make him express his deepest emotions and also more confident of them. It’ll also make him realize how misunderstandings can be cleared through open communication.
Let him express his positive as well as negative emotions: If your child expresses negative emotions of jealousy, hatred, fear, anger, don’t suppress his emotions by criticizing him. It’ll make the child feel guilty and feel he is bad. The right way is to appreciate the child when he acts with love, sensitivity, expresses care for others and gently guide him with love and logic so that he can control the negative emotions.
Let your child face disappointments: Don’t shield your child from feelings of defeat or from situation of grief. Let him confront little disappointments in life so that he learns to overcome them and emerge stronger.