Amy teaches Self-Management
The CASEL framework defines Self-Management as, “The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.”
The category of Self-Management is further divided into seven main capacities (displayed above).
While we’d love to unpack all seven facets of the Self-Management category, we know as parents you have things (like, a lot of things) to do. For brevity’s sake, we’re focusing this mini lesson on teaching little ones how to manage one’s emotions.
Three Step Process for Managing EmotionsIdentify Emotions
This might sound like: “What does anger feel like?” or “How do I know when other people are angry?”
Understand Emotional Triggers
This might sound like: “What happened right before you felt anxious?” or “How did your body feel (headache, stomach ache, nervous, sweaty palms, heart racing)?”
Respond when Overwhelmed by Emotions
This might look like creating a “calm-down jar” to offer your little one options for processing their feelings.
The “Calm-Down Jar” for Responding to Big Feelings
Creating a “calm-down jar” gives you and your little one a tangible resource to use when your child feels overwhelmed by their emotions. Bonus - creating a “calm-down jar” is fairly simple and only requires a few supplies!
Learning to Manage One’s Emotions with The Moodies
We love using our Moodie Amy to help teach little ones how to manage one’s emotions. As you know, Amy is a spirited little octopus that is often overcome with emotion. While we love her zest for life (and especially for tacos), she sometimes needs help processing her very big feelings.
Amy and The “Calm Down Jar”:1. Keep the “calm down jar” handy when reading Amy’s story.
2. Throughout the story, allow your little one to select prompts from the jar.
3. Role-play how Amy might use the emotional management strategies to process her excitement.
Amy is just one of our five Moodies, each one designed to help your little one learn more about their very big emotions. The Moodies encourage open discussion between children and their families to build a bond of communication, teach empathy and emphasize that all feelings deserve a space to be shared.
Each Moodie comes with a backpack so your child knows that their feelings are welcome wherever they go, and they'll always have a friend for support when they need a cuddle.
Source: casel.org + raising-independent-kids.com
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