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How to understand your child’s emotions?

Sometimes even a calm child becomes a real monster. And parents are involved in a power struggle with their kids in such moments. They even can feel themselves so weak and powerless like a baby in front of their almighty kid.

What should they do?

Therefore, the main task for parents is to help their child to deal with his tough emotions and set some limits for him. These boundaries will provide safe and healthy environment both for parents and for a child.

Talk about feelings

Yes, such a cliché! First of all, your kids should distinguish four basic feelings.

  • Mad
  • Sad
  • Scared
  • Happy

Of course, there are definitely more than four feelings! But these four are universal and can be experienced during a day by all of us.

All these four basic feelings have their ranges.

For example. “Happy” can be experienced as a joyful mood and as ecstatic moments. And your child can’t make difference between ranges of one emotion. And sometimes he doesn’t have necessary vocabulary or doesn’t know the exact word to explain his feelings.

Here is a set of feelings that you can explain to your child


  • Joyful
  • Excited
  • Ecstatic


  • Hesitant
  • Nervous
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  • Disappointed
  • Distraught
  • Despair


  • Annoyed
  • Frustrated
  • Furious

So let’s learn those feelings together! Broaden your emotional vocabulary!

Parents should be able to understand their own emotions. Otherwise, they will not be able to understand their child’s emotions.

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