Baby Emotion ManagementShow Notes: Baby Emotion Management – Part 1, Interpreting emotions

This episode explores social referencing. This is where young children look to adults to interpret ambiguous situations or emotions. Particularly, I apply this to the emotions and sensations that babies need to interpret when they are being placed in their cot.

To read a text version of this podcast see “Teaching emotion management: Interpreting emotions


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