How’s life at your house? Everyone getting along royally? Or are emotions flying? I can only imagine how difficult quarantining would have been with our family years ago. While I’m sure you’re finding moments to cherish and reasons to be thankful, I’m also sure there are times when you just wish you could go back to February 2020.
Last time we shared about the need to help your children grow in their ability to acknowledge, feel, express, and manage their emotions. (Here’s a link.) Raising “emotional natives” is a long process and takes lots of practice. This week I’d like to share some of our favorite resources to help and encourage you.
BOOKS FOR ADULTS
- Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff, et al. I believe this is a book you’ll refer back to throughout the parenting years.
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel. Siegel’s book explains how the right and left sides of the brain work and how parents can help their children find words to describe and regulate their emotions.” Again, this is a book you’ll likely use for a reference for a while. Consider getting the workbook as well.
- Honest Talk: A New Perspective on Talking to Your Kids About Sex by John Fort. While not expressly about emotional growth, Honest Talk includes a lot of information about feelings and how to help your kids talk more naturally about them in preparation for talks about sexuality.
BOOKS FOR KIDS
- What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh Straub
- Newmark Learning “I Have Feelings” books such as Are You Scared, Jacob? The Day I Felt Sad, and Jealous of Josie. These books are written on an early level and will be helpful for a toddler through elementary aged child.
FEELINGS CHARTS AND GAMES
- Feelings and Emotions Posters
- Character Education in the Classroom
- Etsy.com Feelings Charts
- Managing Those Tricky Emotions
- Printable Emotions Cards
- Do Your Kids Know How to Handle Their Emotions?
- GROW Counseling’s Mindy Pierce’s Emotional Couching Series:
Let us know about other resources you’ve found helpful. And remember, as you help your kids grow in emotional maturity, you’ll also be preparing them for sensitive conversations about bodies, porn, and sex. And in today’s culture, those conversations are so needed!
Founder and CEO, TrueNorth Freedom Project, Atlanta, GA.
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