emotional health

Helping children process and heal from strong emotions

June 27, 2017

My daughter, who’s on the verge of turning 3, recently had a brief scary moment where she couldn’t find me at the playground. Though it was less than a minute before she spotted me again, for a child that young, that’s a long time and it can really leave an impression. As I scooped her […]

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Raising compassionate kids in a violent world

October 24, 2016

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on 6/24/2016. Through this year’s AP Month theme, “Nurturing Peace: Parenting for World Harmony,” we have been focusing on promoting peace and harmony in the home as well as around the world. This article is a great reminder that despite the many challenges violence can pose, we can […]

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Editor’s Pick: Emotional abuse, a dark form of children’s maltreatment

May 20, 2016

“Growing up in a household where your emotions are either actively discouraged or punished, or simply ignored takes a toll on you, a developing child. You internalize the message that your feelings, your needs, your views don’t matter. It’s a belief that’s rooted in childhood feelings. That belief/feeling is powerful, and it stays with you […]

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Want your child to learn self-control? First, teach self-validation

November 30, 2015

A child’s ability to form healthy self-validation is a vital goal of child development. In fact, a child’s capacity for self-validation has everything to do with the development of emotional safety — the overarching developmental goal of childhood. To use the word “validate” in the context of relationships, we’re referring to the process by which […]

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