Activity 6.6

mother and child

Feelings

Happy, sad, excited, frustrated, scared, angry, calm, jealous, surprised, confused, proud, embarrassed, shy…

Sometimes it’s hard for children to know how to deal with different feelings. Identifying feelings may help you both to work on ways your child can cope with some of the more unpleasant feelings. To help your child identify feelings, try:

  • Talking with your child about how everyone has feelings and share things that make you react, both good and uncomfortable feelings
  • Talking about acceptable and unacceptable reactions you have both seen
  • Helping your child with new words as they look for ways to explain feelings
  • Talking about made up situations and deciding how you both feel about them
    Examples: someone borrowing a favorite toy without asking, going to get milk from the fridge and finding an empty bottle, just missing the bus, going to the park and seeing that all the swings are being used
  • Making ‘feelings faces’
    Feeling Faces Download PDF (397Kb)
  • Finding pictures in magazines that show different feelings
  • Singing a favourite song or nursery rhyme in different voices for different feelings
  • Asking your child about how a character in one of their favourite stories might feel. Ask them if there was another way the character could have reacted