Divorce and/or separation is a difficult transition for all involved, and is a major adjustment for adults and children. Dr. Veronica Brodsky outlines the psychological tasks children of divorce must accomplish when going through this difficult time. This is Dr. Brodsky?s first in a series of blogs that will address the topics of divorce and separation.
A large part of the therapeutic work I do involves teaching young kids how to cope with intense feelings (i.e. anger, fear, etc.).
Young kids, as we all know (?.some of us by direct experience, wink wink) are prone to tantrums and/or meltdowns. One reason for this is that their young minds are not yet able to a) understand their emotions and b) express their emotions. As with developing abilities, preschoolers need help learning the skill known as emotional vocabulary.
Emotional learning has become a hot topic these days in the field of child development. Psychology experts are researching the ways we develop an emotional vocabulary and how we express, recognize, and manage our emotions. Recent studies suggest that individuals exposed to emotional learning early in life, have happier and more successful lives in the future.
Young pre-verbal children are prone to tantrums or ?meltdowns?, in part due to the fact…