According to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, understanding feelings and emotions is critical to children’s overall development. As adults, it is our job to teach children to understand and deal with their emotions in healthy and positive ways.
Helping to recognize and identify emotions also gives children the skills needed to be ready for kindergarten. Use the tips and activities on marylandfamiliesengage.org to teach your children ways to express their feelings appropriately. Start by using real-life examples or other “teachable moments.”