As a mom, the most helpless feeling is watching your child struggle with anxiety, stress, or controlling their anger. It’s the worst when you can’t help kids. I have witnessed this in my own kids as they have thrown temper tantrums, been too stressed out to cope, and battled anxiety issues and worries.
Growing up, I never was taught as a kid healthy coping strategies to deal with my emotions. But in therapy, I have learned valuable skills that have helped me with my own parenting and mental health, and also helped me teach my kids. Kids have big emotions (just like we do as adults).
15 Ideas to help kids calm down and manage their big emotions
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I hope these ideas will help you and your child that might be struggling. And, thanks to the many smart moms that share these ideas with us!
Wheel of Coping Skills @ Art of Social Work
Calming Strategy Cards @ Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Copecakes Method @ The Momentous Institute
Worry Eaters on Amazon (Kids write their worries on paper and these cute little monsters eat them)
Anger Catcher @ Home Stories A to Z
Coping Tool Box @ Canadian BFRB
Calm Down Cubes @ Crafty Counselor Chick
Calm Down Sandwiches @ Corner on Character
Mind Jar @ Juggling with Kids
Calm Down Kit @ Mrs. Jackson’s Kinders
Printable Calm Down Cards @ And Next Comes L
Take 5 Breathing Printable Poster @ Childhood101
Worry Warrior @ Crayola.com
Printable Feelings Cards @ Life Unadorned
More Resources to Help Kids:
- 20 Fun Activities To Help Kids With Anxiety
- 4 Easy, Kid-Friendly Relaxation Techniques to Stop Stressing Now
- How to Help Your Anxious Child via Parents.com
- 9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try via The Huffington Post
My Must-Have Resources to Help Kids:
- Help your kids by helping yourself – get my favorite parenting book
- All of my favorite products on Amazon