Helping Little Girls Manage Big Emotions
As far as I can remember, I was not a highly emotional child. I had 3 older brothers, so I was always hearing “Be tough” if I fell down or got my feelings hurt.
But when I had a daughter of my own, I found that screams would erupt from her at the drop of a hat. And as the saying goes, she would drop the hat.
If she even imagined that she stubbed her toe, she would cry as loudly as if she’d broken it.
If her brother was being mean to her, she could deliver quite an intimidating speech.
If she was disappointed, there would be weeping and wailing.
I was rather surprised by all this girl drama, and for a long time I didn’t know how to handle it. Since I knew she was overreacting, I made sure to tell her so. But my efforts to stop the emotional outbursts in their tracks almost always made her cry all the harder.
I’ve since learned how to help her handle emotional meltdowns, and I want to share what I’ve learned in hopes it will help other mamas with little girls prone to big emotions.