Fifty Key Messages – Name the feeling
How can you help your child understand their emotions and learn to regulate them?
Play the ‘name the feelings’ game. When your child is laughing or happy, it is important to name these feelings. The same applies for sadness, anger, etc.
|Happy, silly, excited, playful|
|Calm, interested, comfortable, patient, safe|
|Angry, sad, jealous, frustrated, afraid|
Talking about Feelings
- You can look through books and point out the characters’ emotional expressions on their faces, etc.
- You can draw happy, sad, crying, angry etc. faces on a paper and use them to discuss emotions.
- Encourage your child to think about other people’s feelings as well as their own.
- Talk about emotions and how different things can affect people. For e.g. if watching TV talk about the interactions between people and discuss reasons for why people may be feeling the way they are. Allow your child to discuss their views and allow that they may see things differently from you.
If you want to explore more Key Messages to support your parenting see https://www.tusla.ie/parenting-24-seven/