There are three main factors that contribute to how children deal with their emotions, according to scientists.
- How parents express their emotions
- How moms and dads parent with their emotions
- The climate of the family
It was found that kids who had overly-harsh, controlling or permissive parents had a tougher time dealing with their emotions.
Children who have parents who controlled their emotions were better at controlling their own.
Parents could help children cope with their emotions by giving them labels, helping the child identify what he or she is feeling.
Also, helping children communicate their feelings could lead to better emotional and social health down the road.