Emotional discipline is a term that’s not frequently talked about. However, it is very important to master. Things will happen in life that will knock people off their feet. Life does go on though. So, it’s a matter of learning how to be emotionally disciplined and deal with the struggles that happen in a healthy way. This skill is especially important to teach to children. Children are often ruled by their emotions and what they want. If this habit isn’t nipped in the bud, they’ll grow into adults who might not succeed in some important areas of their lives. Consider these four activities that can help children through difficult times and build up their emotional discipline.

Creative Writing

Writing is such a poetic and peaceful way to release emotions and feelings. Whether a child is feeling happy, sad or angry, the opportunity to write is golden. Besides, you might want to consider entering the work into a contest put on by organizations like Poetic Power. Whether it involves writing free-verse poetry or thoughtful prose in a journal, encourage a child to express their emotions through writing.

Physical Exercise

When aggression and anger build up, they must be released in some way. The unhealthy way that many children release is through violence. Hitting, kicking and punching other people is never the solution. When a child has an outlet like a physical sport or activity like basketball, dance or kickboxing, they’re able to channel that energy in a positive direction. Plus, it can be really good for a great endorphin rush which brings positive emotions.

Music

Music is a language that the soul understands. Whether the feelings behind the music are happiness, depression or anxiety, it comes through in the music. Allow a child to express their creative prowess and try their hand at different instruments. Whether it’s a percussion instrument like the drums or the piano or a woodwind instrument like the flute, children can experience a lot of freedom through their creative expression in music.

Talking

When a child verbalizes their pain and emotional anguish, they’ll be able to release it in a healthy way. Going to a therapist or school counselor is a great way to talk the issues through. However, a child should always have direct access to a parent or legal guardian that they can talk things through with. Open communication is not only healthy, but it’s also therapeutic. If your child needs to talk, let them.

It’s best to get your children into these habits while they’re young. As they progress, they’ll be able to use the lessons of emotional discipline to become successful in their future.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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