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The ABC’s Of Feelings (Teaching Your Child To Identify Feelings)...
I know what you’re thinking: I’m a broken record with the feelings thing. You’re probably right. My poor little kiddos have to live with me; imagine how they must feel! In my defense, I have a four year old who is able to verbalize the following: “Mommy I feel frustrated and I can’t calm myself down. I need your h
elp!” I also have a two year who can verbalize the following: “I’m just feeling a little bit sad today, Mommy. I just need to cry for a minute.” While my heavy focus on teaching children to identify and verbalize their feelings early might seem a bit much at times, it seems that it does work.
In a recent Twitter chat with a like-minded professional I dared to “whisper” that teaching identification of feelings might actually be more valuable than teaching the ABC’s when it comes to toddlers and preschoolers. After going back and forth a bit, we came up with the following plan: We can teach them at the same time! Sometimes simplicity is genius. Below is my version of what I now think of as “The ABC’s of Feelings”:
A is for Anxious when I worry but don’t know why
B is for Bashful when I feel a little shy.
C is for Confident because I know I can do it
D is for Down when I just need to cry through it.
E is for Excited because I had a great day
F is for Frightened when something scared me away!
G is for Good; I feel healthy and fit
H is for Happy, when I’m in good spirits.
I is for Icky when the day is hard to enjoy
J is for Jealous when I want someone’s toy.
K is for Kooky because being silly is fun
L is for Loving when I want to hug everyone!
M is for Melancholy because some days are blue
N is for Nice when someone shares with me too.
O is for Overwhelmed; there are too many plans for me
P is for Playful, which is a nice way to be.
Q is for Quiet when I need time just for me
R is for Rowdy; I need to set my energy free!
S is for Surprised when someone sneaks up and yells, “Boo!”
T is for Tired; when I need extra sleep too.
U is for Understanding; I know how my friend feels today
V is for Victorious when my team wins in a big way!
W is for Worried; I’m a little afraid of the dark
X is for EXcluded when I wasn’t asked to play at the park.
Y is for Young when I feel kind of small, AND
Z is for Zany, which is the silliest of all!
Added project: Draw faces together to match each feeling and talk about a time when your child felt that way. Have a child who doesn’t like to draw? Sit in front of a mirror and try to make faces to match each feeling!
http://practicalkatie.com/2011/03/29/th ... -feelings/
"Everything is within your power, and your power is within you." Janice Trachtman
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