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Helping Kids Regulate Emotions For Body Safety

 
Because of the way children's brains develop, they can't regulate their emotions with ease. It's our job as parents to help them navigate that.
 
However, if we, as kids, were not taught how to regulate our own emotions, we may not be able to do it ourselves, let alone help our kids!
 
In this video, I show you a technique that I learned from Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson and their book The Whole Brain Child. In that book, they present various techniques for helping kids self regulate and connect with the parent so they can move through difficult emotions.
 
But, you may be asking, WHY does this matter when it comes to body safety?
 
As you will hear in the video, when we can help our kids learn to process their emotions, understand them, and regulate them, they can then make more rational decisions under stressful circumstances.
 
If your child were ever to find themselves in a situation that was unsafe, wouldn't you want them to be able to keep their cool and recall the best exit strategies? This is never guaranteed, but it increases the chances, and giving your child all the chances to get out of unsafe situations is better than not having given them the tools at all.
 
Also, how amazing is it for them to have the ability to self regulate in a healthy way as early as possible in life. Not only will it make for more connected situations between you and your child, but it will also make for a child who is developing their mental capacity in astounding ways that will serve them all through life!
 
I'd love to hear from you if you found this helpful; and of course, if you have any questions!

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