EMOTIONAL REFLECTION: Youth counsellor Jodie Johnson displays the changing emotions that children face.
EMOTIONAL REFLECTION: Youth counsellor Jodie Johnson displays the changing emotions that children face. Matthew Elkerton

Counsellor's mission to help kids manage emotions

CLARENCE Valley children's counsellor Jodie Johnson is looking to help parents better understand their child's emotions and the difficulty youths face when attempting to comprehend their own changing emotions.

"Parenting is not an easy job, there is no complete manual with a set of instructions and a licence to upgrade as the child grows and the parenting role changes," Ms Johnson said. "One important job of parents is to help children understand and learn to manage feelings and emotions.

"Children are not equipped with the skills to self regulate or self soothe, it is something they learn from their parents/carers."

Ms Johnson said children have difficulty functioning when they are highly emotional because the emotional side of the brain 'disconnects' from the thinking part of the brain.

"Learning to manage emotions or self regulate is an important developmental task for children to meet," she said. "Over time and with their parents support children need to learn the skills of managing feelings."

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To better assist parents in understanding and assisting their child in managing their emotional brain Ms Johnson is running seminars and workshops on the matter.

Thanks to the assistance of St George Bank, Ms Johnson will run the workshops in their meeting room from September 5.

To book, or for more information, phone 0408 663 551.

Bookings essential.



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