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Alyssa Gloria Campbell & Lauren Stauble

How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

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    Cultivating emotional intelligence through CEP

    Ask most parents what they want their children to be when they grow up, and you’ll most likely get the same answer: they want them to be happy. But what does that mean?  Happiness is an elusive, fleeting state, not always a suitable response to a given situation. Sorrow, fear, anxiety – these are all natural and important parts of the human experience that children invariably need to navigate as they grow up.  A more tangible and enduring goal is for children to become "emotionally intelligent" – equipped to face the world's challenges with resilience and understanding. Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of navigating life's complexities, a skill set that enables individuals to recognize, comprehend, and manage both their own emotions and those of others.

    There are five foundational elements of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, motivation, and social skills. Self-awareness is the ability to identify and understand one's own emotions and reactions, a crucial first step in emotional intelligence. Self-regulation involves managing responses to these emotions – this could be practiced outward calmness or genuine emotional processing. Empathy extends beyond mere understanding to sharing and relating to the emotions of others. Intrinsic motivation is fueled by personal interests and aspirations, driving individuals toward fulfilling, emotionally rewarding endeavors. The final element, social skills, encompasses the ability to interact effectively within social settings, adapting to various social expectations and norms.

    These elements form the basis of Collaborative Emotion Processing, or CEP. This method is an innovative approach to cultivating emotional intelligence through interactive and experiential learning. It advocates four key teaching methods: intentional modeling, in which adults demonstrate desired behaviors; active encouragement to promote emotional expression; exaggeration for clarity in teaching; and breaking down complex tasks into simpler steps. Central to this method is the recognition that effective learning occurs in a state of emotional engagement and calm, where the rational thinking brain is not overshadowed by the survival-focused amygdala.

    There are five phases to CEP. The first is allowing emotions to exist and be acknowledged, followed by recognizing and naming these emotions. The third phase involves learning to feel secure in experiencing a wide spectrum of emotions over time. The fourth phase, seeking support through coping strategies, emphasizes the importance of managing emotions effectively. The final phase involves resolving emotions by either solving the problem or learning to let go. This comprehensive method not only educates, but also deeply respects the individual emotional journeys of each person.

    Incorporating mindfulness, self-awareness, and an understanding of implicit biases, CEP challenges adults to be introspective and address their biases so that they may interact more empathetically with children. It also leverages scientific insights from the study of the limbic system and mirror neurons to enrich our understanding of emotional interactions. As the subsequent sections will explore, the practical application of CEP provides a roadmap for nurturing emotional intelligence, offering a robust framework for preparing children – and adults – for life's inevitable challenges.

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    What is Tiny Humans, Big Emotions about?

    Tiny Humans, Big Emotions (2023) helps caregivers navigate and manage children's emotional outbursts, such as tantrums and meltdowns. It offers strategies to raise emotionally intelligent children by teaching them how to handle complex feelings like anger, sadness, and anxiety, emphasizing the importance of fostering emotional resilience and well-being in children through a research-based approach that strengthens the parent-child relationship.

    Tiny Humans, Big Emotions Review

    Tiny Humans, Big Emotions (2022) is an insightful book that explores the complex emotions of children and provides practical strategies for parents and caregivers. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers actionable techniques for understanding and managing emotions, equipping parents with valuable tools to navigate their child's emotional development.
    • Combines scientific research, personal experiences, and relatable anecdotes, making it a captivating and relatable read for anyone involved in raising children.
    • Presents a holistic approach to emotional well-being, addressing not only negative emotions but also fostering positive ones, ultimately promoting healthy emotional growth.

    Who should read Tiny Humans, Big Emotions?

    • Parents or carers of young children
    • Early childhood educators
    • Parenting coaches and counselors

    About the Author

    Alyssa Blask Campbell holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and is recognized as a leading expert in emotional development. She is the CEO of Seed & Sew, an organization offering consultations and courses on emotional intelligence, and has co-created the Collaborative Emotion Processing method. Campbell is also known for her work as a podcast host for Voices of Your Village, which is heard in over 100 countries.

    Lauren Elizabeth Stauble is a partner at Engage: feel.think.connect and a professor of early childhood education. After 16 years of experience teaching and caring for young children, Stauble moved into administrative roles and higher education. She is currently a faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College.

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    The main message of Tiny Humans, Big Emotions is to understand and support children's emotional development.

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    Tiny Humans, Big Emotions is a valuable read for parents and caregivers. It offers practical strategies and insights into supporting children's emotional well-being.

    Who is the author of Tiny Humans, Big Emotions?

    The authors of Tiny Humans, Big Emotions are Alyssa Gloria Campbell and Lauren Stauble.

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