This is the first guest blog here at Thrive! We are so excited to share Sarah's blog with our followers. Sarah is a fantastic therapist and works in similar capacities as I do and this post includes some really helpful information about how to increase your child's vocabulary around emotion. Sarah's information is at the bottom of the post if you would like to read more of her blogs!
By: Sarah Leitschuh, MA, LMFT
I often talk to parents about being open to having their children express their emotions (feelings) through means other than words. Art, music and play are just a few of the powerful ways in which children communicate and share their emotions with us. I have learned so much about how children understand the world by just playing with them. Having said that, there are many reasons why it is valuable to help children build a feelings vocabulary and comfort in discussing their emotions.
The Benefits of Building Your Child’s Feelings Vocabulary
How Do We Help Children Build a Strong Feelings Vocabulary?
Short answer: We help children develop a feelings vocabulary by incorporating discussion about emotions into our daily interactions with them.
Longer Answer: (Including some ideas to try!)
We help children develop a feelings vocabulary by frequently exposing them to discussions of emotions. There are many ways that we can incorporate discussion of emotions into our daily interactions. Here are some possibilities to consider:
Do you have other ideas that you use to help children build their feelings vocabulary? If so, feel free to share your ideas in the comment section.
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Watch your words,
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Watch your actions,
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Watch your habits,
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