We can't expect young children to know the names of feelings and be able to manage difficult and disruptive feelings. Our top 3 tips to help you to start working on the topic of feelings with your child are:
1. Use teachable moments to label feelings, but you can also discuss feelings afterwards. To give young children an idea of what certain feelings feel like, you can say what feeling you would have in that situation.
2. Model feelings language. When something happens and you feel angry, sad, happy, frustrated etc then say that feeling out loud.
3. Read books about feelings! Introduce your child to the different names we give feelings. An author has given you the words to use to explain feelings to your child.
This book encourages children to understand and manage their changing feelings and emotions, and to talk confidently about how they are feeling.
Providing children with the skills and the words to express their feelings is key to helping them move forward in a positive manner.
Talking About Feelings is the perfect book for parents, caregivers, educators and health professionals to help children unpack challenging emotions in an interactive and engaging way.
For ages 4 to 10.
Visiting Feelings encourages children to treat their feelings like guests — welcome them in, get to know them, and perhaps learn why they are visiting.
Through this purposeful and mindful exploration, Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child's innate capacity to fully experience the present moment and invites children to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity.
For ages 5+.
This picture book is ideal for children ages 5 and above to help them understand why they might experience different emotions, and what they can do to help them manage their emotions in a positive way.
Written in simple language, this book will be an excellent tool for any child who finds it difficult to understand their emotions, particularly those with attachment difficulties, or a learning or developmental disability.
For ages 5+.
Keith Negley’s charming illustrations reveal heart wrenching emotions in unexpected places in this fun book that teaches children that even tough guys like wrestlers, astronauts, and superheroes have feelings too.
Children will love to recognise the feelings in Keith Negley’s bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative.
For ages 3 to 5.
Lots and Lots of Feelings. What do you they mean?
Everybody has feelings and there are so many of them. Some feelings make you feel good, and others make you feel sad, mad or bad!
This book will help you to understand your feelings. What does it mean to feel frustrated? What does it mean to feel intimidated?
Learning about feelings means you will know what to do when you have them. When you feel happy - enjoy it! And when you feel unhappy - you have a problem to solve. But your feelings belong to you.
For ages 5 to 11.
This title helps children put a name to common emotions, and explores these feelings in an open and honest way that is easy to understand.
Contents: Writing down our feelings, What are feelings?, Excited, Proud, Jealous, Angry, Sad, Scared, Calm, Happy, Glossary and Index.
For ages: 6 to 8.