At times, we all experience difficulty in expressing our emotions. It can be especailly challenging for children to express their emotions through words, so I encourage parents to think outside of the box about ways in which they can support their children in expressing their emotions.
In my Emotions! workshop, I use the following four part definition of express to help parents, caregivers and teachers gain insight into creative ways in which we can help our children express their emotions.
The dictionary defines express as:
- to put (thought) into words; utter or state
- to show, manifest, or reveal
- to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting
- to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula
In the workshop, we use this definition as the foundation to discuss the following questions and topics:
1. Considering the above definition, in what ways do the children in your life express themselves in their daily lives?
2. How can you help children express their emotions by building on the forms of expression that come to them naturally?
3. In what ways can you support children in expressing their emotions though the following means:
- Verbal Communication
- And more?
I have a list of ideas for each of the above categories that I’ll share in an upcoming post, but I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.