Teaching children how to understand their own emotions is a vital role for parents and carers, and one that is very often over looked.
Children should be taught that it is acceptable for them to be able to express their emotions when feeling a certain way. It is important for them to know that their feelings will be acknowledged by a loving, and attentive parent.
Children who are able to name and describe how they are feeling when they have a strong emotion, are much more able to make positive choices when presented with a challenging situation. We not only want our child to be able to name their feelings – but describe them in detail and how their bodies react when they are experiencing an emotion of any kind.
The When I’m Feeling ( by Trace Moroney) series has been carefully designed to help children better understand their feelings and shares examples of ways to express those feelings in a way that is both appropriate and acceptable to themselves and others.
Helping our young children develop skills to identify and manage their feelings leads to an increase in confidence, self-esteem, and an optimistic and hopeful state of mind – creating a healthy emotional foundation.
Each book includes notes for parents and caregivers.
I always am left with that warm and fuzzy feeling when I read any of these books. They have such a beautiful way of making you really understand how important our emotions are, and that it really is OK for us to feel a certain way and to acknowledge that within ourselves.
We must encourage our children to share with us how they are feeling, and teach them ways of dealing with strong emotions when they arise.
We are preparing them for the challenges and difficult times they will face later in life when we are not around to shelter them and protect them.
Remember these three easy steps to helping your child develop their emotional intelligence-
Name it…..Tame it…..Emotion Coach it!
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Chaos to Calm Consultancy would like Wadawarrung of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge the elders past, present and emerging -particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who walked before us supporting and connecting their children to the earth, water and community. Always was. Always will be.