Why it's okay to cry sometimes and other tips for raising an emotionally healthy child
Parents want their kids to be happy and successful in life. But to raise kids who become well-rounded, emotionally healthy adults, it's important to let them experience life's emotions – both the good and the bad.
Occasional disappointment, anger and sadness are normal, and kids need to learn ways to recognize and cope with those feelings when they happen.
"As caregivers, it's important to build an open and accepting environment – one that teaches and talks about human emotions," says Jennifer J. Hoover, Psy.D., Pediatric Psychologist at Children's Health℠. "This way, kids learn to handle difficult emotions in healthy ways as opposed to unhealthy ways."
Talking openly about feelings helps kids learn that their emotional health is just as important as their physical health. It's never too early to begin to teach kids about their emotions.