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 Six-Year-Old's Emotional Development
There's a lot to do to get ready for bed. Dad helps Daniel with his bedtime routine.
We All Help in Different Ways Song (Spanish)
Everyone's job is important, we all help in different ways.
Daniel Wants to Stay at the Playground
Daniel wants to play at the playground, but he and dad have to get to the post office.
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
Talking and writing about both good and not so good times with siblings and friends can help your child better understand the ups and downs of relationships.
Young children are often interested in babies. Have your child learn more about caring for an infant by role-playing with a doll or stuffed animal.
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
Help Your Child Manage Emotions with Arthur
Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities