What’s the buzz from Children’s Health Queensland? Understanding emotions
All children have emotions. That’s part of life! Learning about feelings and how to deal with them takes time though. When sharing books with your child, chat about how the characters in the story might feel. Are they happy, excited, scared, sleepy or angry? How do you know?
As your child gets older, you can use words like “anxious, relaxed, bored or calm” in order to help them build their vocabulary. Help your child to name their feelings: “I can see that playing that game makes you feel happy!”
It is also good to show your child what to do with their feelings. For example: “I’m upset. I just need some time to calm down.”
Provide a caring, warm and loving place for your child to learn about their feelings.
Sharing stories can also help build your child’s confidence in new situations, such as going to the dentist or starting school. It’s amazing to see the range of sticky problems explored in children’s books.
Find out more about the social and emotional development of your young child with this fact sheet.