36 Labeling Emotionsdialectical Behavioral Training

As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three.

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Young children are also developing self-regulation—the ability to calm or regulate themselves when they are upset. This process leads to some challenging moments for both adults and children. Learn more about how to respond to challenging behaviors like crying, aggression and defiance, and how to support your child’s development of self-control and self-regulation.

For many children, it’s this first step—empathy and validation—that helps them start to calm down. Labeling your toddler’s feelings also helps her learn to be aware of her emotions and, eventually, to manage them. Keep language simple and direct: “I know you don’t want to put your pajamas on. Dialectical behavior therapy skills for emotion regulation include: Identifying and labeling emotions. Understanding the function of emotions. Identifying obstacles to changing emotions. Reducing vulnerability to “emotion mind”. Increasing positive emotional events. Increasing mindfulness to.

Watch how parents and caregivers can set age-appropriate limits for young children who are learning to cope with their emotions.

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