Help your child recognize the presence of particular emotions and then, over time, encourage them to explore different ways of responding to them.
You can’t force your children to behave well, but you can decide what you will do if they don’t. Share your plan in advance, hold firm, and watch them grow!
Instead of lecturing, create the space your child needs to consider the ethical consequences of their actions and learn right from wrong the natural way.
When a child is struggling, try attaching their emotion to someone or something else and then role play with it in a low-stakes kind of way.
A little lighthearted humor teaches your child that laughter and foolishness are great ways to melt away disappointment, frustration, and anger.
Isn’t it amazing that little children could come out of a concentration camp more concerned about feeding their companions than feeding themselves?
You can’t replace the role of peers, but you can help your child avoid long-term damage that can come from toxic situations.
This four-minute clip from the Pixar movie Inside Out says it better than I ever could:
To help your child avoid depression, help them develop strong relationships, become deeply engaged in activities, and discover purpose and meaning.
The classic example of natural discipline at work is when a child learns to not touch a hot stove by … touching a hot stove. Lesson learned!