One of the most beautiful things about us human beings is the ability to feel and to communicate. Every day, every moment, we feel a lot of different emotions, and our ability to express these emotions is the key to our well-being.
As kids grow up, they begin to become aware of the various emotions that they are feeling, and it can get overwhelming if they are not able to separate one emotion from the other. In addition to identifying the different emotions, children also need to learn to how to handle the various emotions and how to express them. Expressing the emotions in a right way is not only crucial for the personal well-being of your children but also for nurturing relationships.
As parents, you can play a very significant role in helping your children befriend the various emotions that they are beginning to feel and learn to express them.
Here are five ways to help children express their emotions:
1. Name the feelings
Your kids are new to feeling emotions. You need to help them identify these emotions, especially in the initial years of childhood. Begin with naming their feelings. Ask questions that make them dig deep into what they are feeling at that very moment – Are you feeling happy because you met your friend? Are you feeling sad because you will miss your school? Are you feeling excited to go on the picnic? It will help your kids to identify and understand their feelings.
2. Let your kids know that feeling emotions is okay
Your kids might feel a lot of emotions but might not know how to express them. It could be the case that your kids think that they should keep their feelings to themselves. You need to make your kids believe that it is not so and they can share those emotions with you. Let them know that it’s okay to feel the way they feel.
3. Talk about how to express emotions
Have discussions with your kids about expressing the emotions. The best way to do this is by talking about the various emotions you felt in multiple instances, why you felt those, and how did you choose to express them. You can also have a weekly session with your kids where you give them different situations and let them talk about how they will feel in those situations and how will they express themselves then. You can then discuss with if that were the best way to express those feelings.
4. Express your emotions in front of them
Children learn from what they see. Express your emotions in front of them. Tell them why you are feeling in certain way. Tell them what are you doing to handle that emotion and why.
5. Develop a deep connection with your kids
Developing a deep bond with your kids will go a long way in making them emotionally stable. Express your love for them, be there for them when they need someone to listen to them and try to understand their perspective. It will help you in understanding the reasons behind their emotions and thereby respond better.
Learning to identify and express emotions from an early age will go a long way for the development and success of your child.