Today we are looking at Emotions. What makes us feel happy, sad, worried or grumpy.
Helping children to identify and label emotions is an important first step. Many preschoolers do not yet have the vocabulary to identify feeling words like angry or frustrated, or have the skills to “read” facial cues or to interpret body language.
We can help them by looking at stories, playing games and discussing our feelings with them.
A great way is to look in the mirror with your child and pull some funny faces. This will help with younger children to develop those facial muscles needed for talking. With the older children pull happy, sad, grumpy and surprised faces and talk about what makes them feel that way.
We have posted a link to a story below that helps children begin to understand that sometimes it is ok to not be ok- this story is very touching, don't be surprised if it makes you feel a bit emotional adults
Please get in touch if you have any concerns or worries that we can help and support you and your child with.
Here are some developmental steps for you to use as a rough guide depending on your child's age in months:
Self Confidence and Self Awareness
22-36- Expresses own preferences and needs
30-50 months: Shows confidence in asking adults for help
40-60 Confident to talk to others about own needs