Every parent has experienced a child's tantrums and meltdowns. These often come at inconvenient times and places, and they remind us that young children are still learning how to understand and regulate their emotions. Just like adults, kids experience a full range of "big feelings,” including anger, fear, happiness, sadness, excitement and frustration. They need our guidance as they develop strategies for calming down, controlling impulses and focusing.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Three-Year-Old's Emotional Development
When Molly sees James being mean to another kid, she resolves to quit bullying for good.
Ms. O, Naughty or Nice?
Ms. O learns that she is on the naughty list and compares the number of nice things she has done to the number she needs.
Emotions influence behavior. Part of growing up is learning how to manage our emotions and exercise self-control so that we can treat ourselves and others with respect. Sometimes that means resisting what we want to do in the moment (such as throw something when we are mad) to make a more thoughtful choice. When kids experience stressful and emotional situations, self-regulation strategies can help them calm down and make good decisions.Learn More
Making the Paper Dragon
At school everyone works together to make a really big art project - a paper dragon.
Telling the Truth
Using dolls or stuffed animals, role-play different scenarios such as a waiting your turn or telling the truth.
Self-confidence grows as children learn new skills and become increasingly independent. It's the feeling associated with the phrase, "I can do it!" From taking their first steps to learning how to read, children gain self-confidence as they master new skills. This gives them the courage to continue to explore and expand their abilities.Learn More
My Bedtime Routine Book
Using photographs or pictures cut from magazines, you and your child can create a book that shows what tasks your child can do to clean up and get ready for bed.
The Parade is Only for Big Kids!
Daniel doesn't want Margaret to join the parade he is making with his friends.
Telly's Shape Garden
Telly wants to create a shape garden. In this game, your child can practice shape recognition skills and learn about some attributes of squares, triangles, and ovals.
Help Your Child Manage Emotions with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn how to manage big and overwhelming feelings using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities