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5 ways to grow emotion regulation in your family

 

When we see our child or teen struggling with big emotions, it can be so difficult to maintain our own regulation – our emotions are often activated and we can react in ways we later wish we hadn’t!  Our own regulation is so important first.

Our child or teen also needs to be able to feel safe to express how they feel, to recognise and connect with the feeling and also to be able to put language to it, in order to learn to regulate themselves.

This month I am sharing more about these 5 ways that you can help to grow emotion regulation in your family.

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Breathing SPACE for you

Creating space for our own regulation can feel so difficult!  We feel pulled in many different directions – trying to support our child, maintain harmony in our family and look after everyone else’s mental wellbeing!

I’m sharing some small, simple steps to regulate your own nervous system – sustainable tools you can integrate into everyday life, to support yourself going forward.

Let’s rethink what’s in your parenting backpack…

Create your family’s sensory profile to nurture communication and connection

*Does your child become upset and overwhelmed in a busy, noisy place?
*Do they need to fidget, touch or jump on things at certain times?
*Do they struggle to recognise when they’re hot or thirsty or need the toilet?
It may be that they are sensitive to ‘too much’ sensory input in some environments, and then need a ‘lot more’ sensory input to stay regulated in others.  When we understand their sensory needs better, we can respond to support them, rather than just reacting to manage their behaviour 

 

What’s my child or teen’s behaviour showing me?

 

When we think about our child or teen’s behaviour as communication about what’s going on in their nervous system, we can be curious about what their behaviour is showing us about how they are feeling or what they are needing in that moment.

This means it’s easier for us to then respond to meet that need rather than just reacting to try to manage their behaviour.

This will help you to have that understanding and change your communication to meet those needs 

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