Building An "Emotional Toolkit"

With intentional play, games, and activities, we can help our kids learn how to identify and name feelings, understand causes of emotions, and develop strategies for healthy expression. Self-awareness, self-control, and self-confidence are important parts of your child’s emotional toolkit (and yours, too!). Make space to allow your child to express the emotions they’re feeling and help them do it in healthy ways ― as Daniel Tiger sings, “Use your words to say how you feel!”
Make a Mindfulness Jar

When things become too much for your little one, pull out this mindfulness jar to help your child relax and settle down.
"Use Your Words”: Moving Beyond Tantrums to Express Challenging Emotions

How can we help our children learn to express their emotions in new ways and keep calm during the process? There are many research-based strategies we can use to support our children in the moment. Try these strategies at home.
Teachers Are Heroes! Download Printable Thank You Notes For Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3 - 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Help your child draw a picture, write their name, and share cards with special teachers and caregivers in their lives.
Watch Shows About Feelings
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Understanding our feelings can be hard. Try these discussion questions to get a conversation started:

1. After reading a story together with your child, ask them questions: "How do you think the character in this book is feeling? How do you know they are feeling that way? What do you do when you have those feelings?"

2. How do you want to show or tell others when you feel angry, frustrated or sad? Ask: "What are healthy things you can do when you feel upset? How about stomping your feet, squeezing a pillow, or asking for a hug?"

3. When was the last time you remember feeling surprised? Annoyed? Proud? Talk about it by asking: "What happened when you felt that emotion? How did you express those feelings?"
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