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Best Ways To Deal With An Emotional Child

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Bringing up a child is not an easy job. And when it comes to dealing with an emotional child, the responsibility becomes even bigger. Here we have a child who is rather emotional; patient and calm one moment and violent and noisy the very next.

How do you go about parenting an emotional child or taking care of such emotional children in school or day care? It may not be an easy job as these emotional children are different from others. However, you must make sure to be careful with every action of yours and every word you say.

God has crafted each child differently and hence, one rigid course of action will not work for all. You need to understand the child well and accordingly make your move. Keep in mind that you are walking a tightrope and one small mistake may make a big difference. Here are some things to follow when dealing with emotional children.

Patience: Your first and foremost requirement is patience. It is very important to be patient with kids. With emotional children, the need to be patient is much more. You may find your patience being tested to the limits but be in control and soon things will smooth out.

Listen: When dealing with emotional children, the need is to keep your ears ready for every word uttered. It is not necessary that you react at every word but be watchful. Also make sure that you have assured the child that you are there to listen to him or her. Many children throw up tantrums to attract attention. Let this not happen with your child.

Empathise: When a child knows that you understand his or her feelings, it puts the child at ease. The child is then able to relate to you. It will make it easy for him or her to open up with you.

Help them voice their feelings: Every child wants to be heard and when you allow a child to do so, you are helping him grow in confidence. Emotional children too need that confidence boost and for that it is necessary to help them voice their feelings and thoughts.

Validate and reason their feelings: It is not important that every thought and feeling an emotional child has is supposed to be correct. But you need to be there to help the child out. No matter what the situation, validate that situation – the child's feeling or thought. If correct, give an approval. If not, try to patiently reason with the child and show the other side of the story.

Be happy: A child will often reflect your emotions. If you are happy, you pass on the happiness to the child. If you are grumpy, you are bound to have a grumpy child. In order to raise a happy child, you need to look into yourself first and then see the reflection on the face of the child.

Set limits: You may be happy, patient, calm and understanding with any other child. But when dealing with an emotional child, there should be limits. You must make sure when the child is crossing limits or else it sends out the wrong message and the child often ends up misusing your love for him.

Allow decision making: To raise an emotionally healthy child, it is important to help a child take decisions and bear the consequences – positive or negative. At the same time, make sure to be there with the child to help him through his tough times. You need not hold his hand and walk him through but a mere presence is enough.

Children are like soft clay. They shape up as you mould them. Some need that little extra care to shape up, but eventually they all grow up to be individuals responsible for themselves. When dealing with emotional children, you need to give that little extra to raise a child ready to take on the world with a confident and positive attitude.

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