Children's feelings matter: developing  emotional skills is crucial to the way that a child learns to cope with the world, and has a lasting impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Most children respond or react to situations in ways that we expect. Sometimes children seem to over-react or under-react. Children develop the capacity to adjust or regulate their behavioural or emotional reactions to suit particular events with adult help. 

The ability to self-regulate influences many areas of life like:

  • following instructions
  • being part of a group
  • concentrating
  • taking turns
  • following routines

More information about regulation:

Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours

How self-regulation difficulties affect children

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times

Coping skills for managing emotions

Additional ways you can help: 

Keeping a balance: Suggestions for families and staff

Keeping a balance: Resources for families and staff

Children and emotions: How to help

Helping children manage their emotions: Resources for families and staff