Being a parent is one of the most challenging and most important jobs you will have in your lifetime. When’s the last time you checked in with your own self-regulation techniques? Without proper attention paid to our own needs and feelings, the stress can become overwhelming, and we might not always respond to that stress in healthy ways.
But knowing which self-regulation techniques work best for you in stressful situations can help you work through those moments. Being able to identify what triggers an emotional response in you is a great first step in self-regulation. You could even make a list of these triggers and assign a healthy way to respond in each situation.
Learning to regulate emotions is a lifelong journey. Start by noticing your own moods and feelings. When you get upset, resist acting until you’re calm. Just breathe, and hold yourself with compassion, so you can calm down before you act.
Keep in mind that our children learn self-regulation techniques through the way we parent and how we manage our feelings. You will see your child act like you do and say what they hear you say. Let’s strive to be the best role models we can be!
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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