Whilst taking your children to the park, one runs ahead of the other. Your older child reaches the playground equipment and the younger sibling throws themselves on the ground because they weren’t ‘first’. Or what about this scenario? Your child is completing homework and is stuck on a question, they quickly become frustrated and slam their book closed.
Do you have moments like these in your house? Likely, the answer is yes, we all do! What is the natural thing to do in these situations? Tell your older child to let their younger sibling be first? Jump in and do their homework for them? Problem solved. Crisis averted.
Learning how to regulate emotions is a key aspect of childhood development. Viewing challenges such as failure, frustration and disappointment as an opportunity to learn and grow is a vital step in developing resilience and allowing young people to thrive in later life.