I love this womens blog, she always has really education and interesting things for all ages. The newest post really got me thinking about my child and her emotions.
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 help!” 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 know 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.
To read more of this post: The ABC’s of Feelings (Teaching your child to identify feelings).