Children play intuitively and are constantly exploring different ways to play. Some do this with caution, while others continually seek out new challenges. Either way, a child’s right to explore, play and discover is something that as parents and caregivers we must protect. It enables them to develop, grow and learn, and become confident, capable characters. 

A family is the first line of protection for children. Parents and caregivers are responsible for building a safe and loving home environment, and every safety skill you teach your child can be carried with them throughout their childhood discovery. Schools and communities have a responsibility to protect also, but it’s as part of their home life that basic safety skills should be taught. 

As much as you would like to you can’t physically protect them 24 hours a day, so by teaching them to protect themselves, you put them in good stead for a healthy and happy future. 


Managing emotions

Emotions are a vital part of our everyday lives. Whether you’re having a good laugh over a text message or feeling frustrated in rush hour traffic, you know that the highs and lows you experience can significantly affect your well-being.

Your ability to regulate those emotions, in turn, affects how you’re perceived by the people around you.

Our page on Emotional Intelligence explains why it is important to understand your emotions and those of others.

The handout below will help your kid recognize and understand his/her own emotions, and explains why they are sometimes so strong. It offers some practical ideas about how he/she can manage his/her own emotions so that he/she can use and harness them, but are not governed entirely by them.

Download the handout here: Managing My Emotions