Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Helping teens cope with emotions
Here is a great article from MindShift about teens and emotions - and how to help them cope. For teachers and parents both, talking with kids about the emotions and normalizing them is key.
For kids, knowing that they are not alone or strange really helps them deal with their changing and strong feelings. Some key things to remember, says Susan David, Harvard educator and author of Emotional Agility, are:
Emotions are teachers
Courage is "fear walking"
Articulating values helps set an inner compass
Just having a caring adult to listen can help calm the strong emotions our teens are feeling. We can all do that!