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7 Effective Ways to Regulate the Emotions in Childhood

  Children need attention to promotes positive emotions in early childhood.  Children get frustrated, angry, happy, sad and nervous in daily life. Parents are the first effective characters who can understand and regulate their child's emotions. They teach the children how they express their emotions in different situations.[1]   Emotional regulation enhances the learning performance, well-being and enriches the personal relationship in childhood.

What is Emotion Regulation?
Emotion regulation is defined is an “individual’s ability to respond to environmental stimuli with a range of emotions in a controlled manner”(Panfile and Laible 2012).  It is also described that “emotion regulation is the ability to gauge the appropriate level and range of emotional response to a given situation”. [2]
The emotion regulation is an ability which helps the children to express their emotions in appropriate ways. Effective emotion coaching is an important job for parents and teachers.

What is Emotion Coaching?

The Emotion Coaching provides directions that how children manage their own emotions and behavior in difficult situations. The Emotion Coaching is defined that “Emotion Coaching is about helping children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them” (Gottman, 1997).[3]

It is well established that positive emotions coaching enhance the relationship skills, well-being and academic performance in school (Gottman et al, 1997). However, Low emotion regulation may lead to several behavioral problems such as aggressive reactions, relationship problems, and poor academic performance.[4]  
 There are some effective ways which may help to regulate the emotions. Parents and teachers can get help from the following suggestions.

  • Become the Role Model for Your Children


 Parents and teachers are the most effective coaches who regulate children‘s emotions in different situations. Their behavior and actions have had great effects on the shaping of children’s behaviors. It is importation to understand that children observe the parents/ teacher’s behaviors/actions and try to follow them in childhood. [5]

  • Help the Children to Become  Aware of their Emotions

 Create a situation in which a child become more aware and understand his own emotions. Parents give the name of specific emotion than guide the child how he should respond positively in the preschool period. They support the children in the verbal expression of emotion in a positive way.

  • Provide the Gaudiness to Manage the Emotions

  Gaudiness plays a significant role in the regulation of emotions in early childhood.  Guide the children particularly during the conflicted situation. Provide the opportunities and guidance which help the children to manage their emotions in an appropriate way.

  •  Accept the Appropriate Emotional Behavior

  Let the child express prosocial and positive behavior. Discourage the child when he expresses the antisocial and negative emotions which can hurt others. Parents/teachers should try to control antisocial emotions in a constructive way. They don’t get aggressive during the controlling antisocial behavior.

  • Provide the Psychological Support and Treatment

Sometimes emotional problems related to psychological problems such as PDD, ASD ODD. It is also well documented the sexual abuse also lead to many emotional disorders in children.  Parents should counseling with psychologist or psychiatrist when they feel difficulties in the emotional regulation process.  

  • Share the Valuable Stories (Children’s stories)

Children always show interest in moral stories. Provide the valuable stories which help the children to learn how they handle difficult situations. Provide opportunities to watch videos and programs that can help the children to regulate their emotions.  

  • Play Help to Regulate the Emotion

The play is an effective way to regulate the child’s emotions.  The child automatically starts to learn how he controls the emotions during play activities. Support the child in difficult situations during play and ask the child to use his imagination to solve the problems.


 Emotions regulation is an important and challenging part of the child learning process. Provide opportunities to build self-regulation skills in childhood.  The parents/teachers must support the children in the expression and regulation of their emotions in positive ways.




[1] Cole, Dennis, Smith-Simon, and Cohen 2009). (Hannah Mills and Elizabeth Mc Carroll, Emotion regulation in early childhood, Texas Child Care quar Terry/summer 2012 / Volume 36, NO. 1 / ChildCarequarTerly.Com.

[2] Hannah Mills and Elizabeth McCarroll, Emotion regulation in early childhood, Texas Child Care Quarterly/summer 2012 / Volume 36, NO. 1 / ChildCarequarTerly.Com.
[3] Abigail Rolston, BA & Elizabeth Lloyd- Richardson, Ph.D.,  What is emotion Regulation.
[4] Hannah Mills and Elizabeth McCarroll, Emotion regulation in early childhood, Texas Child Care Quarterly/summer 2012 / Volume 36, NO. 1 / ChildCarequarTerly.Com.
[5] Dr. Janet Rose and Louise Gilbert, Summary of Research on Emotion Coaching Bath Spa University, January 2014
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