Validate Your Child’s Feelings and Emotions

Validating feelings and emotions are very important.

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Validate Your Child’s Feelings and Emotions

Validation sometimes gets confused with agreement.

You can validate your child without agreeing with their action.

For example, I’ve had kids who talked about getting into a fight with another kid.

I can validate why they may have felt the need to fight without agreeing with their action to fight.

Continuing on with this example, the kid might tell me “my friend left me out of their group chat, so I got angry at him and pushed him.”

Now, I don’t agree with the action of him pushing his friend, but I can agree with how he felt hurt by being left out.

Validating feelings and emotions are very important when dealing with an emotional child.

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Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
Tarik is a psychotherapist specializing in working with adolescent and young adult guys. When he’s not working,Tarik enjoys playing and watching sports, writing articles on current sporting events, and screaming at the TV.

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