Learning how to calm down effectively is a part of kids emotional development. It’s an important skill for kids to master as it will help them be mindful when angry, or cope with a range of emotions that arise when stressed or feeling sad. We all have our different methods, which is why this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” is about finding our child’s favorite way and talking about the many different ways one could calm down.
Exercise: Start talking about situations when we might be angry or stressed and how you usually do to calm down. Perhaps it is by listening to music, count to 10 or take deep breaths. Remember not to judge and that there are different ways to calm down.
Ask: How do you calm down?
- How do you feel when you need to calm down? Are you angry, sad, stressed?
- What happened that made you feel that way?
- How do you know that you’re calm?
Purpose: To handle emotions and learn to use different methods to calm down in your own way
Want to experience more? When kids learn to calm down, they are also better at paying attention to situations in school, at home or at work. If talking about it isn’t working, try this exercise and have the kids practice calming down while performing an activity.