Feelings can overwhelm kids, especially difficult ones to process. Read these children’s books about feelings to help your child cope.
Many of the challenges with our kids stem from their inability to process feelings the way you and I can.
The tightening of the chest and the awful, cloudy feeling are difficult to understand. They can’t figure out why they feel the way they do now that the new baby is here. They might even believe they’re the only ones who feel this way, or that they’re somehow “bad” for doing so.
And so, they act up or hit instead of communicate because these feelings are too confusing for them.
That is, until we define these feelings and label them so they know that they’re normal. You might tell your child that she seems mad, worried, or sad so she can begin to put words to these feelings. You can also point out happier feelings like pride and joy.
As she builds her vocabulary of feelings, she’ll learn that they come and go. That they don’t define who she is and has nothing to feel ashamed of. She learns the skills to cope with them and understands that everyone goes through them at some point.
Over the years, she’ll learn to handle her feelings and the proper ways to express them. What better way to boost that knowledge than with reading children’s books about feelings?
From feeling silly and happy to downright grumpy and frustrated, everyone feels this way sometimes. She’ll meet other characters who feel the way she does, and see how they manage to get through them. And you’ll get to discuss these topics without risking her feeling attacked or scolded.
Take a look at my top selections of children’s books about feelings to read together:
Children’s books about feelings
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