Last year, one of the most popular and most responded-to articles at Simple Kids was the one on 6 Peaceful Solutions for Hitting and Anger. I think all parents and care givers realize that one of the biggest responsibilities we have as parents is teaching our children how to respond to their feelings in a healthy way.
A few weeks ago, my friend Nora, whose daughter is the same age as my oldest, posted this picture on Facebook:
Nora shared that Ainsley was not happy about an answer Nora had given her, and she retreated to her room for a while and came out with this drawing. Isn’t this an incredible response for a newly five year old to be able to have when feeling very, very angry with her mother?
(Nora told me that Ainsley had learned a lot about emotions and all sorts of character development through the Al’s Pals program at her school.)
I’ve shared before that I think journaling is an excellent way to help children learn to express their big feelings.
Journaling works quite well with older children and for children who are comfortable with written expression. But what about little ones? What about children who don’t feel comfortable with writing or drawing their feelings?
Today, I would love to hear from the Simple Kids community. You all have shown yourselves time and again to be a wealth of wisdom and guidance. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
What have you found to be helpful, healthy outlets for the big feelings your children experience?