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The Role of Parents in Helping Preteens Recognise Their Emotions
Parents and caregivers play a pivotal role in supporting preteens in recognising and understanding their emotions. And so, by providing guidance and creating a nurturing environment, parents can help their preteens develop emotional intelligence, which is crucial for their overall well-being and future success.
Encouraging Open Conversations About Emotions
Creating a safe and non-judgmental space for preteens to express their feelings is essential for their emotional development. Parents and caregivers should be actively listening and showing genuine interest in what their preteen has to say. As well, parents can encourage open conversations about emotions. This allows preteens to explore and understand their own emotional experiences.
Furthermore, when parents validate their preteens’ emotions, it helps them feel understood and supported. Also, by acknowledging and accepting their feelings, parents can teach preteens that it is okay to experience a wide range of emotions, and that their emotions are valid.
In addition to validation, offering empathy is another crucial aspect of supporting preteens in recognising their emotions. By putting themselves in their preteens’ shoes and understanding their perspective, parents can provide the emotional support and guidance needed to navigate through challenging emotions.
Teaching Emotional Vocabulary to Preteens
Introducing a diverse emotional vocabulary can help preteens label and articulate their emotions accurately. By teaching them words like frustration, gratitude, and compassion, parents enable preteens to recognise and express a wider range of emotions.
Parents can incorporate emotional vocabulary into everyday conversations and activities. For example, during family discussions or while watching a movie together, parents can point out specific emotions displayed by the characters and encourage preteens to identify and discuss those emotions.
Moreover, parents can help preteens understand the nuances of emotions by providing examples and context. Therefore, by sharing personal stories or discussing real-life situations, parents can help preteens connect emotions to specific experiences, enhancing their emotional awareness and understanding.
By expanding preteens’ emotional vocabulary, parents empower them to more effectively communicate their emotions and needs. This, in turn, enhances their ability to build healthy relationships, navigate conflicts, and cope with the challenges they may encounter in their daily lives.
Practical Strategies for Emotion Recognition
Incorporating practical strategies into preteens’ daily lives can strengthen their emotion recognition skills and promote emotional well-being. It is important to provide them with tools and techniques that they can easily incorporate into their routines.
Mindful Arts Therapy takes your preteen on a journey of emotional discovery. It supports their feelings, recognising the good and the bad, and using specially designed activities, it can ensure the positive wellbeing of your preteen.