Ever wonder what to do about your child’s big, overwhelming feelings? Helping an angry child to calm down is no easy task, but having a physical space in your home that is reserved for processing emotions, self-regulating, and practicing positive coping skills can be a game-changer for parents looking to do more for their child’s social-emotional development.
When a child’s nervous system goes into “fight or flight,” they can no longer access the rational frontal lobe of the brain, making it very difficult to calm down during a tantrum. Oftentimes, kids (and parents) have to ride out the wave of intense emotion, which can leave parents feeling helpless. A calm down corner provides a safe space for your child’s feelings, where you can sit with your child and take a break until everyone is calm and ready to problem-solve. Co-regulation is a powerful tool, allowing your calm, compassionate presence and modeling to physiologically calm your child’s nervous system. Parents truly have superpowers!
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Be sure to visit the calm down corner together during peaceful, positive moments too. If your child views the calm down corner as a special place to relax and connect, they’ll be less likely to see it as a punishment in their toughest moments, but rather an inviting, safe place where they feel comfortable and loved.
It only takes a few thoughtful calm down corner ideas to create a space that you and your child will turn to again and again as they grow into calm, peaceful, and expressive citizens of the world.