Putting feelings on problems

By August 17, 2016Peppy Talks

Last week we practiced talking about problems and brainstorming solutions with our kids to help them be innovative and creative. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” will go deeper in on the feelings we experience when facing a problem. One of the first steps of Emotional Intelligence is being able to label, handle and express your emotions as well as recognizing the feelings of others. How do we manage our feelings when facing a problem? And perhaps even more importantly, how do we keep someone from being hurt?


Exercise: Have the kids think about a problem they’ve had in the last few weeks and what the did to solve it. Then have them draw their problem: what they felt, what the did, how they solved the problem and what happened.

Ask: Can you please tell me about the problem and what you draw?


  • How does it feel when you have a problem?
  • Whee in the body can you feel that you have a problem?
  • How do you feel when you have solved a problem?
  • How do you feel when you cannot solve the problem?
  • What can you do if you cannot solve the problem?

Purpose: To describe a problem and how to solve it.

Want to experience more? Before discussing the feelings that might arise to a problem, I suggest you talk about the different emotions you can feel. Revisit The map of emotions and talk about different emotions that you experience in different situations.