When our children get upset, most of us get upset too. If the child is angry at us, we feel defensive; like the child’s feelings are unwarranted.

If he’s upset at something else, we want to make him feel better, to make the emotions go away as quickly as possible.The art of emotion coaching is a parenting technique that helps children understand their feelings. When parents emotion coach, their children learn how emotions work and how to react to feelings in healthy ways.

This starts by recognizing your child’s feelings. Many parents are able to see the positive emotions a child expresses, but drawing close to a child who is angry or sad can take some practice.

While it takes effort to teach your child about feelings and appropriate behaviors, it is time well spent. Your relationship with your child will be stronger and your child will be more prepared for the challenges life can bring.In today’s episode we are joined by Amanda Green, who works with Jake at Zephyr Wellness as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Amanda’s focus is on children, age three to 10 in play and has knowledge in creating behavior plans to help parents out at home with their children.

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