Research tells us that children who understand emotions are more likely to act kindly toward others. Chatting with your children about how they feel (and how others are feeling) can instill habits of reflection that will serve them well throughout life. Use our feeling flashcards to jump start that conversation. If you'd like, decorate the blank side of each card by finding magazine pictures relating to the feeling, or drawing faces to illustrate the feeling.
Talk to your child:
- Can you tell about a time when you felt surprised, happy, angry, nervous, etc.?
- Why is it helpful to understand and talk about our feelings?
Book to share: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. All ages. This book describes the moods of our days in true Dr. Seuss fashion – silly, simple and imaginative.