Teaching Your Child to Cope With Emotions


It’s no secret that parenting is different today than it ever has been. It’s also no secret that children are faced with a mountain of challenges in coping with the social and emotional demands of their daily lives. Schools, where academic skills are typically taught, are overwhelmed with the demand for explicit instruction far beyond reading and math. Children (and their families) are essentially crying out for support in developing healthy interpersonal behavior and positive emotional coping. Unfortunately, most schools don’t have the time or the resources to teach these skills, and parents, children and professionals don’t know where to find support for their child. 


You might have a child who has meltdowns when they have to transition between playing with their toys or a game and leaving the house. She might struggle with managing her frustration when she is not doing what she wants to do. Perhaps your child is unable to negotiate how to share and take turns or consider another child’s emotions or perspective when playing with a toy or playing a game. Maybe you dread the phone calls from school because you know that recess has yet again resulted in a conflict with a peer or a temper tantrum when your child lost the game. As a parent, you may be feeling completely defeated and unsure where to go next.

That’s where Galvin Growth Group comes in!

Your child has access to a 5-week summer series completely dedicated to helping your child develop social skills and emotional regulation tools important for the school environment and social situations that are common for their age group.

You can expect this group to:

  • Teach our child the skills and tools to help them better regulate their emotions and be a better friend and develop healthy relationships

  • Help your child to their emotions and understand how to manage them

Being able to understand their own feelings and those of others, manage anger, and use good problem-solving skills with peer interactions can be skills that are helpful for your child. Get a jump on the school year by giving your child some solid strategies that they can use to demonstrate positive coping and to help them thrive socially and emotionally and help them have the best school year of their life!

A Reflective Approach to Mom-ing: How Parenting Challenges May be Impacting Your Mental Health

Let’s face it. Parenting children who are experiencing school, social, academic, emotional, or peer challenges can be tough. Wondering how to help yourself during this trying time with strategies to maintain your own mental and emotional well-being?


Join our parenting group!

One strategy our group will be learning about is how to immediately recognize the automatic negative thoughts that can take over our minds, and how our responses can impact our family and our daily responsibilities.

Maybe you received an email or phone call about a decision your child made at school that requires a follow-up conversation at home. You know this means an argument with them (as well with your spouse!) all because you are disagreeing on how to handle this ongoing situation. Maybe your child was suspended and has to be out of school (again) for a few days and you are so frustrated with what to do to fix this. So frustrated, that you are snapping at your other kids or your partner/spouse. You might even find it difficult to focus on the rest of your work day—and you don’t have time for this because you have deadlines to meet. Perhaps your son or daughter has been diagnosed with depression, or has poor planning and organization skills that prevents him or her from completing homework, going to school or making friends. You feel personally responsible that things are unravelling. You might even be worrying so much that he or she will fail a class this year. it is causing you to be feel hopeless. So much so, that you are finding yourself unmotivated or having depressive thoughts.

Figuring out how to change your thinking can actually help you be better able to manage parenting responsibilities and improve your capacity to cope with these challenging situations.

Our group can help with equipping you with strategies and skills to manage your own emotional well-being. Learn how to manage your emotions, tame your thoughts, and activate yourself as you navigate the daily demands of parenting and taking care of you!


Tackling automatic negative thoughts will include these skills and more:

  • Understand how thinking can contribute to low or anxious mood

  • Increase flexibility in how you are thinking about your situation

  • Identify several automatic thoughts and thinking traps

  • Learn techniques for challenging automatic negative thoughts  

  • Generate coping thoughts