Tips & Facts
In order to understand and deal with emotions positively, it’s important for children to recognize and name their feelings. Ask your child questions to help them label or describe what they are feeling. For example, “I see a sad face, is that right?”
You are the expert of your child. By looking at the “big picture” of their progress and development in school and at home, you can help identify their strengths and areas for support. Share your child’s interests and learning style with your child’s teacher.
Help your child build communication skills by asking them questions and actively listening to their responses. Encourage your child to do the same, by asking you questions and listening to your answers. These conversations can help model kindness, caring, and concern for others and help children develop strong, positive relationships.
Encourage your children to share their thoughts and feelings with you. If it’s hard for them to talk about their feelings, ask them to try writing it in a journal or drawing a picture about their day or an experience they had. Picture books can also be a useful tool to help them talk about their feelings and experiences.
Sharing and discussing your own thoughts and feelings with your child is just as important as listening to theirs. Labeling your feelings and clearly stating things like “I’m feeling a bit frustrated or excited” can help provide them with language they need to communicate their own feelings.
Building “life skills” (social and emotional skills) helps children to thrive in school and in life. When children can recognize and communicate their feelings and have their needs met, they are better able to focus on learning, assert and take care of their needs, and develop the skills they need to succeed.