Have you ever asked your children how they’re feeling but not getting a meaningful answer? It might be because they don’t know what it means to be angry, bored, or happy. Labeling emotions helps us both acknowledge and regulate our emotions. While we might think this develops naturally, we actually have to practice on it. That is why this “1 minute Peppy Parenting” is about understanding feelings and how they can show.
Exercise; Play outside or in the living room and draw two lines. Then start with talking about an emotion, for instance happy or sad, and ask your child to enter into the feeling and walk from one line to the other.
Ask; What was it like to pretend to feel something?
- Which feeling was the easiest to enter into and interpret?
- Which one was the hardest?
- What did you feel when you met someone that was..?
- What feeling did mom/dad/sibling/friend portray? How do you know?
Purpose; To practice understanding body language. To increase our understanding of how feelings show through the body.
Want to experience more? When you feel something it shows in your body. We tell each other how we feel with our bodies and by looking at body language we can understand that others feel. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to emotional charades. After you’ve talked about how different feelings show it could be fun to have your children guess what others are feeling through charades.