Practical tips and skills from Wyndham City’s Youth Services team to help parents and carers tune in to young people.
Getting young people to label emotions not only builds upon their emotional vocabulary but also deescalates the power of their emotions.
In order to assist young people in labelling emotions you might use a phrase like ‘you seem to be angry?’ Or ‘I can see that you might be feeling a little frustrated’.
Utilising language like this helps young people to find the right word to match the emotion that they are experiencing.
In carefully selecting your language you are offering to support the labelling of the emotion rather than telling the young person how they are feeling.
By de-escalating the emotion, the left side of the brain can then come online and support the young person to make more informed decisions rather than having a response that is completely fuelled by emotions.
For more information on how to implement this strategy feel free to contact us at [email protected]