At Educate Midland, we have developed our “I Am My Child’s First Teacher resource page to help parents better understand their children’s needs during their formative years. This blog series, accompanied by short videos, highlights ways parents can actively participate in their child’s early development and ultimately better prepare them for the future. 
 

Did you know that children learn more effectively when they feel safe at home with mom and dad before they develop an eagerness to explore away from home? Emotional maturity is just as necessary for younger children as learning letters and shapes. You can set your child up for the future by teaching them the ability to understand, use, regulate, and manage their emotions. Keep reading to discover the steps you can take to strengthen your child’s emotional maturity. 

Listening  

It is important to understand that children need to feel understood. Keep in mind that anger doesn’t dissipate until it feels heard. Acknowledging their feelings and naming them helps build the framework for working through difficult emotions. Allowing your child to release emotion will tell them that you are present and listening, ultimately making them feel safe and reassured. Like anyone, your child needs to express their emotions to move forward and let the bad feelings go.  

Modeling 

Children often model their behavior after people they admire, like their parents and teachers. When caregivers model a variety of emotions and ways of managing emotion, children are quick to appropriate ways to react in similar circumstances. It is imperative that parents show their child the best practices of being calm and steady in the face of challenges in daily life. Modeling maturity will establish an example they’ll follow in their emotional development.   

Coaching 

Not all problems are easy to solve, and sometimes your children will come to you for a solution. Help them by brainstorming together but empower your little one to take the lead. This will be useful for the future to help your children label emotions, problem-solve, and cope; this will allow them to regulate their feelings and prevent disruptive behaviors. 

One of our favorite anecdotes on this topic comes from a local Midland father. When his four children, aged 3-7, come to him with a problem, for example, how hungry they are, his response is always the same. “Interesting… what do you think we should do about that?” They may end up grilling mac and cheese over a campfire in the back yard, yet all at once, a simple everyday problem has turned into an opportunity for coaching, critical thinking and empowerment.   

Playing 

When children feel the weight of big emotions, one of the most useful things to do is shift their energy. When appropriate, try addressing the problem as a game. Parents can use toys to act out scenarios and provide a fun way to talk about feelings and ask their child how they’d respond. Taking a break to play will show your child that challenging feelings are passing and will help relieve stress that may be a roadblock.   

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Educate Midland has included resources to our website to ensure parents, students, and educators can find the educational information they are searching for. Visit our new website to find several resources regarding “I am my child’s first teacher,” here you can find ways to assist in early childhood development, and much more. Together, we can make a difference in our children’s education.