Emotional Regulation Jars

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Grab two jars and scrap paper. Write positive activities on scrap paper for the “Filling Up” jar.

Label each jar Letting Go and Filling Up.

As a negative emotion arises…

  • Write it on a piece of scrap paper and place it in the “LettingGo” jar.
  • The act of writing the emotion and physically letting it go can help aid in de-escalating and taking the power out of that emotion.

Next pull something positive from the “Filling Up” jar. Perform whatever task is on the paper.

Spend time working with your child on the activity they pick out of the jar. Spend time talking them through their emotional reactions.