All kids need to be taught how to talk about their emotions and how to manage their emotions appropriately. These are vital skills, because appropriate regulation of our emotions – whether we’re feeling anger, anxiety, disappointment, sadness or something else – is essential for personal self-esteem and for building fulfilling and lasting relationships with others.
Young children are often afraid of the overwhelming feelings they experience, so it’s never too early to start teaching your child about emotions. And that coaching in emotional intelligence should continue throughout childhood and into the teen years. Just as kids need to practice math or spelling skills, they also need to practice how to handle strong emotions.
Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan
What Am I Feeling? by Josh and Christi Straub for ages 4+
Calming Angry Kids: Help and Hope for Parents in the Whirlwind by Tricia Goyer
You Can't Make Me by Cynthia Tobias
Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman
A Teen's Guide to the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Teens turn to cutting – a form of self-harm – as a way of dealing with painful thoughts and emotional stress
If you fear your child might be contemplating suicide, you need to talk to them right away to find out the truth