Ask Ellen: How to Respond to Your Child’s Big Emotions

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Posted in: Multimedia, Parenting Concerns, Videos

Topics: Behavioral Issues, Q+A

During challenging times, it’s normal for families to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But kids don’t always have the necessary skills to cope with those emotions, and this can sometimes lead to tantrums and meltdowns. What can parents do in these situations? 

In our latest Ask Ellen Q&A, child psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly from parents, caregivers, and teachers. Tune in to learn how you can help your child regulate their emotions while managing your own.  

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Episode produced by Joshua Eng     

Music by Dr. Gene Beresin    

Special thanks to Monique Costa, Mass General Social Media Manager, and the Mass General Marketing Department 

We are deeply grateful to Lavinia Clay and the Clay Center Advisory Council for supporting our Ask Ellen Q&A series. Their steadfast commitment to the Clay Center’s mission makes our work possible. 

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Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is executive director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and former co-director for the MGH Clay Cente...

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Sara Rattigan, MS is the communications director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a public health communicator whose passion has always centered around innovative app...

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