I Gotta Feeling
Understanding emotions in kids
From a very young age children are faced with the challenge of learning how to manage their emotions effectively. They rely on their parents or carers to help them understand these feelings and how to handle them in appropriately.
Children who learn how to express their feelings and act on them in a positive way are more likely to develop a positive outlook, resilience and coping skills.
When children are unsure on how to express their emotions they may act out in physical or problematic ways.
Here are some ways that you can help your child learn about their feelings and how to express them:
- Name your feeling:
Help your child name how they are feeling. This allows them to build up their vocabulary of emotions which, in turn, makes it easier for them to talk about their feelings in the future.
- Reading cues:
By watching your child's facial expressions, body language and behaviour you will be able to identify emotions that may be difficult to identify. Understanding these cues will make it easier to help them manage those feelings effectively.
- Model the way:
Talking about your own feelings and showing your child how you respond in emotional situations allows them to learn from a trusted environment.
- Positive praise:
When your child talks about his or her feelings or expresses emotions in an appropriate way, encourage this behaviour with praise. This conveys the message that it is normal to talk about feelings and they are likely to repeat it.
- Other people's feelings:
Identifying other people's feelings can help with their own emotions. While reading books discuss how the characters may be feeling based on the facial expressions in the pictures.
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