Part 1: Calming your brain to calm your young children’s brains
Essential emotional needs of children are the same during a pandemic. They need to know that their home is safe and their parents are emotionally available and responsive. The science of brain development helps us understand the differences in brain chemistry that occur when our emotional needs are met and when we perceive threat and experience stress. Young children have challenges in maintaining a calm emotional state because their brains are still developing this capacity. As well, you may be struggling with low levels of emotional energy. Your self-awareness and your understanding of young children’s needs can help guide your thoughts, feelings and actions during this stressful period and help restore a sense of calm connection in your home.