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I don’t know about you, but I’m on a mission to teach my kids healthy ways to recognize and regulate their emotions. In my life right now, there’s an endless search to find the best tools and ways to teach these concepts to my little humans.
Kids respond to emotions WAY differently than adults. Instead of words, they feel sensations. They have a really hard time matching up words with emotions, and need a little help to do it.
That’s where these amazing books come in.
Moms and dads, I have gone through all the books. Not only do these books help kids identify big emotions, but they also teach kids how to respond to them in healthy ways without simply ignoring the emotion or compartmentalizing it.
Could there be a better gift to our kiddos, then to help them learn how to recognize and work through big emotions? I don’t think so!
So here you have it. Five amazing books that can help us do this thing, with links provided for the Amazon listing:
‘When Sadness is At Your Door’
This book does a beautiful job helping children understand what sadness is, and what to expect when they experience sadness. It then walks the reader through a way to approach your sadness (and yourself!) with loving kindness to transform the emotional experience.
Link:When Sadness is at Your Door
‘What Do You Do With A Problem?’
This book starts off helping children recognize what it feels like to be impacted by.a problem. It does a wonderful job helpings kids identify worry and rumination, and ways to help themselves transform the experience to relieve anxiety and feel better.
Link:What Do You Do With a Problem?
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
This beautiful book helps kids understand that having big emotions, making mistakes, and learning in response to those experiences…..are all part of what it means to be human. It helps children accept themselves as an perfectly imperfect person- and to accept others as well!
Link:I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
Grumpy monkey addresses what it is like to simply wake up in a sour mood. It follows this grumpy little monkey through his day, and shows that it’s not helpful when people say to just cheer up. Finally, the grumpy monkey finds someone who just allows him to be grumpy and sits with him in peace and solidarity, knowing this will help him.
This is a profound book to share with your children. It describes the way your heart can constrict and expand during different phases of life or in response to different emotions. It magically does all of this, in a way kids can understand! It is a beautiful way to talk about our hearts, and how to helps our heart when we are sad or scared. It also helps kids connect with how their hearts feel full when they are feeling loved and happy. A gem!
And there you have it! I hope you enjoy these wonderful books with your kids. We have such an important job, and it’s great to have tools that help us teach our kids everything we would have wanted to know when we were little.