As we get older, our world grows. Bit by bit (and all the time) we are approaching to take the step into the still unknown to us. Hopefully with a good luggage that includes both knowledge of, feeling and ability to express our emotions.
Our emotional self -regulation, that is, the ability to handle our emotions in different unexpected, unique situations and in relationships with others in a socially accepted way is a process that is similar to most things best when it has grown out of a stable foundation - a safe harbor where feelings have been allowed. Feeling the feeling but not necessarily acting directly on it - the ability to make the complex considerations required for different situations will only come at the age of 12. Emotions come, they exist! But how should I act on them?
Is talk of emotions part of your everyday life? It is never too late to give room for it and give the children and teens a little better tools and (adult) guidance to take out in life. (And maybe it's actually the most important knowledge you can give them?)
Thank you best Ida for wise thoughts about my little text.