We all experience emotions. If you reflect back on your interactions with your child today, you can likely identify many feelings that you and your child experienced . Talking to our children about emotions from a young age is so important. Being able to identify, share and cope with their feelings are essential skills for our children to be successful in their relationships, at school and eventually in the workplace.
The earlier we can help our children feel comfortable with their emotions the better! I always say it is never too early to start talking about feelings with a child, but it is also never too late. Children tend to feel their emotions very intensely and our reactions to them can really impact their perceptions of emotions and how they cope as they move into adulthood.
When I am invited to speak to groups of parents, this is by far the most requested topic because like me, many of you recognize the value of teaching our children about their feelings at an early age.
However, many of you may not live near the Eagan, Minnesota area, so the opportunity to connect with me in person about this topic may not be an option. I have compiled many of my thoughts about children and emotions into a variety of posts on this blog. Below you will find a list of everything I have written so far on this subject.