Learning to recognise the signs of when your child is struggling emotionally because they are over tired, not feeling well, frustrated, scared, or overwhelmed will help you to better understand their needs and behaviours.
Sometimes feelings can be hard to identify. Pay attention to your child’s body language and non-verbal cues. Determining what they are feeling and why, will help you to better support them.
Top tips for reading their signals
- Watch for signs your child is not feeling comfortable, with a hug, a tickle or rough play.
- Look for signs of fear or uncertainty when your child is doing something new or challenging so you know when to step in for support or when to stop the situation.
- Teach your child it is always okay to say ‘no’ or ‘stop’ or use other ways to communicate when they have had enough or no longer want to do something.
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