It is our role to help our babies, toddlers and young children learn to manage their own emotions. One way that we do this is to model to them how we ourselves cope with their own strong feelings.
A toddling baby falls down and bumps their head on the side of the sofa. They look to you to see how they should respond.
Baby is thinking, “Does mum look worried? Is she freaking out? No. She is looking at me and holding out her arms. I’ll be ok. But I do need a cuddle. It hurt and scared me a little bit.”
Mum waits for baby to come to her, holds baby close and says out loud, “Oh sweetie. You are so brave. I saw that bump. It might have scared you a bit when you fell. But I can see that you are ok.”
A baby can learn to trust their world is not falling to pieces by seeing our facial expression, hearing our tone of voice and observing our own body language. Even as a newborn.
They will grow to become resilient and emotionally mature with our help and guidance.
If you would like to know more about how you can guide your young child to become resilient, message Cradle 2 Kindy Parenting Solutions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with you to raise confident, kind and resilient individuals.