Feelings are meant to be shared and emotions are meant to be recognized. Children are in the process of learning how to express those feelings and each child does so differently. The important thing is that they do and that they are heard.
At a recent Mom It Forward Twitter #gno party, sponsored by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from PBS Kids, Tweeters shared ways they help their kids express their feelings.
5 Ways to Help Your Kids Express Their Emotions
Create a safe place. Kids should feel comfortable expressing their emotions. “I really try to create a trusting and safe home,” said @TCreativeBlogs. “No quick judgments with my son’s questions.”
@jylmomIF said, “They need a safe haven, a place where they feel loved.”
Find things to get them talking.
“Books!” suggested @ThatsITMommy. “I love books to get kids talking.”
Encourage discussions in which your kids can tell you about things that interest them or things they are currently involved in.
Ask lots of questions. Take time to talk with your kids and understand what is bothering them or what they like about a particular situation. “We use board games,” said @LaraEllieG. “Like say ___ when you fall on a red space.”
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