When you feel a big emotion, your amygdala takes over. This is the part of the brain responsible for processing emotions.
This is what puts you into fight, flight or freeze mode.
Your job as the adult is to promote a sense of emotional well-being, so your child can move back to feeling calm.
So what should you do to support your child in that moment of meltdown?
Validation and empathy are your most powerful tools to clam a child’s amygdala.
Let them know their feelings are valid.
The end goal is to empower your child to manage and articulate their emotions so they can thrive.