I think we’ve all been on that emotional rollercoaster that our little ones experience as they grow older, am I right? All of a sudden it’s a tantrum in the grocery store or tears poring down the cheeks when waving goodbye at pre-school. So how can I help my child be better with his or her emotions? A first step is to be able to label emotions and know what feeling I’m experience. In that way, I will be better at understanding how to deal with it. Check out this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” for a playful way to practice emotions with your kids.
Exercise: Remember those paper fortune teller you loved to fold as a child? Here’s a twist to it! If you don’t know how to folda fortune teller, start here. Label each corner with an emotion; Happy, Sad, Angry, Shy, Sensitive, Disappointed, Joyful, Tired, Quirky etc.
Ask: What number should I count to? (You start playing, counting and folding the fortune teller back and forth). Read the emotion out loud.
- How does it feel to be (emotion)?
- Is it a good or bad feeling?
- Do you remember the last time you felt (emotion)?
- What did you do to feel that way?
- How can you do to make/not make someone feel that way?
Purpose: Practicing labelling emotions and perspective-taking. We might not all feel the same way in every situation.
Want to experience more? Instead of just having one big emotion fortune teller, have the kids make their own and ask them to sit in groups of 2 and 2, with a friend or siblings, and talk about the different emotions. Encourage them to bring it a long to play dates or when visiting family to understand other people’s point of view.