What is the emotional cup?

I received a brilliant email from Gavin McCormack which talks about a child’s emotional cup. He states that when a child’s emotional cup is approaching empty, we may see some of the following behaviours:

– attention seeking behaviour to alert us that they need a refill.
– think they have to fight flight to get a refill.
– demonstrate a sense of anxiety once they approach empty.

What causes an empty cup?

– stress and pressure to achieve
– isolation
– yelling
– punishment
– failing
– fatigue
– being forced to do something they hate

What refills a child’s emotional cup?

– play
– friendship
– one on one time together
– love and affection
– connection
– success
– being given the choice to do what they want to do

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