Yes, counting, reading and writing are important skills for us to support our little ones in developing. However, there is one skill that I prioritize above these more cognitive skills: emotional awareness and labelling.
It might seem insignificant, but emotional awareness is one of the greatest skills we can develop and teach our children.
Putting words to how we are feeling makes it easier to express these emotions in healthy, adaptive ways and makes them seem less overwhelming and scary.
It is also associated with pretty much any positive outcome that we want for our kids (and ourselves) including:
Like most important life lessons, our kids learn from us. As moms, our kids need us to be attuned with our emotions so they can learn to do the same with their own. Once again, our children look to us for lessons in how to deal with their emotions. The most profound way for us to teach our little ones this is for us to model good emotional regulation – that is noticing our emotions, identifying them and expressing them appropriately.
There are plenty of ways you can help your kids develop the life changing skill of emotional awareness including:
What are you doing to support your children’s emotional development? Let me know! I always love hearing the creative ways moms are doing this.
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