Feelings can overwhelm kids, especially difficult ones like anger or fear. Discover these children’s books about feelings to help your child cope.
Many of the challenges with our kids stem from their inability to comprehend feelings the way you and I do. The tightening of the chest and the awful, cloudy feeling are difficult to understand. And so they act up or hit instead of communicate because these feelings remain too confusing for them.
That is, until we define these emotions and label them as ‘mad’ or ‘worried’ or ‘sad.’ We also highlight happier feelings of pride and joy. As they build their repertoire of emotions, kids learn that feelings come and go. That feelings don’t define them—they aren’t bad boys or girls and have nothing to feel ashamed of. And they learn to cope with feelings and learn that everyone goes through them at some point.
Over the years, kids learn to handle their emotions and the proper ways to express them. What better way to boost that knowledge than with reading kids books about feelings?
24 children’s books about feelings
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Tiger Wild by Gwen Millward (thanks Penguin Young Readers for my copy!)
(thanks Random House Kids for my copy!)
Get more tips:
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- 8 Keys to Explaining Emotions to Your Child
- How to Stop Children from Biting
- How Teaching Kids about Emotions Reduces Misbehavior
- Little Ways You’re Actually Judging Your Child’s Emotions
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