Parenting Tip of the Day: Jan. 3

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“To help children understand emotions:

1.) Read books with them. Some titles I like include ‘The Way I Feel’ series from Cornelia Maude Spelman. ‘The Pout Pout Fish’ by Deborah Diesen is another favorite. As you read, you can ask questions such as: ‘How do you think this character is feeling?’ You can also use stuffed animals, dolls, or puppets to help act out the emotions.

2.) Talk about different emotions. Use words like happy, sad, and frustrated when helping kids work through their feelings.

3.) Show children emotion cards or pictures and talk about each one. Children can use the cards to draw an ’emotion journal,’ in which they use text such as ‘I feel [fill in the blank] when [fill in the blank].’ They can also use the journal and cards to non-verbally express how they feel.” — Melissa Matters in Wading Through Motherhood

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