Teach your child how to control emotions

Parents should encourage their children to exercise more, supplement with protein to help control emotional instability, improve the ability to overcome stress and increase EQ.

After the summer break, children need to “wind up”, adjust their routines to adapt to going back to school. Some children may experience pressure and stress due to emotional instability. To help children, parents need to encourage, motivate and guide them in order.

According to genetic counselor Mai Huong (Genetica company, HCMC), there are three issues parents should focus on: emotional intelligence (EQ), emotional instability and the ability to manage stress in children. . However, not only the time of going back to school, but these 3 aspects always follow in the journey of raising children to adulthood.

Emotional intelligence

Parents who know whether the emotional intelligence index (EQ) is high or low will know the level of empathy of their children. For children with a high level of innate EQ, when parents remind them, children will be more interested in their parents’ feelings and more obedient. In contrast, children with low innate EQ, low oxytocin hormone, may not be obedient and parents need to be more patient.

One aspect of EQ that has a lot to do with a child’s learning is their ability to self-motivate. Children inevitably get discouraged when studying due to difficult lessons and high learning intensity. Children with a high EQ will have an easier time regulating their emotions and getting through the down times more easily. Children with low EQ often need more encouragement from their parents. Parents should be concerned, be with their children at times of discouragement to encourage them.

EQ can measure your child’s ability to empathize. Image: Shutterstock

Genetics and environment can both affect EQ. High or low inborn EQ is due to the ability to secrete the hormone oxytocin. According to Mai Huong, the simplest way to know EQ is to decode genes, thereby supporting appropriate parenting. There are many ways to increase your child’s EQ, especially spending time with them. During this time, parents can increase interaction with their children by words and actions to stimulate the hormone oxytocin. Adults should encourage children to participate in group and community activities, share a lot to feel and understand the feelings of others. Families can also keep pets to help children increase their hormone levels when playing with these animals.

Emotional instability

Emotional instability can simply be understood as the child’s ability to stabilize emotions. If emotional instability in children is low, children are less likely to experience excessive anxiety. Your child’s emotions are usually stable and show good test performance. Children with high emotional instability may also do well in school, but before exams often worry too much, affect thinking, make exams do not do well.

Therefore, parents need to understand the level of emotional instability of their children to teach accordingly. For example, there are children with high emotional instability or fatigue when studying than children with low emotional instability, making it difficult to concentrate. These babies desperately need a nap. Teachers and parents should give children difficult exercises in the morning, in the afternoon children should only do basic exercises, rest and relax more.

In addition to the environment, regular exercise and balanced nutrition can support children’s emotional well-being. Children with high emotional instability need open space, lots of trees, and need more exposure to the sun. Children should often go outside to run, jump and participate in fun activities. Sunshine can boost the happy, optimistic hormone that is missing in your baby’s genome.

Children playing outdoors are useful for relieving stress.  Photo: Freepik

Children playing outdoors are useful for relieving stress. Image: Freepik

In the diet, children need to add protein, found in salmon, eggs, nuts… Because they contain the amino acid tryptophan to help them have a more positive spirit. During the exam, parents should not force their children to study continuously. For children with high emotional instability, exercise is just as important as learning. Children need to alternate learning and movement to maintain positive emotions.

Ability to manage stress

Besides emotional instability, the ability to eliminate stress is also important. When you are stressed, the brain sends a signal to stimulate the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and epinephrine – hormones that increase stress. Each child’s ability to remove stress hormones quickly or slowly will be different. If your child’s body breaks down hormones slowly, the hormone stays in the body longer and can cause health problems such as a weakened immune system, health problems. On the contrary, children who eliminate stress hormones quickly will deal with stress and learn better. With these children, parents should put a little more pressure on their children to increase their motivation to learn.

Through genetic counseling, Ms. Mai Phuong noticed that many children have poor stress management abilities. To improve, children 3-5 years old should be active regularly throughout the day. Children 6-17 years old should be active for about 60 minutes a day. Taking slow, deep breaths also helps children manage stress and become calmer. As your child gets older, it can be helpful to incorporate deep breathing exercises into your daily routine to manage stress.

Each child may have different indicators and abilities. If the child has a high EQ, low instability, and a high ability to manage stress, that’s fine. In case a child has 3 unfavorable characteristics such as low EQ, high emotional instability and low ability to manage stress, the family should pay attention to the mental health of the child. These children may have the ability to think negatively. Parents should encourage their children to share more; From there, explain and analyze positive aspects for children, praise and encourage them. Children need to be excited in learning instead of being weighed down by pressures of grades and achievements. There are many genes involved in emotional problems, and gene sequencing can help parents understand and raise their children better at a young age.

Kim Uyen


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