HOW TO HELP CHILDREN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
Be in the moment
When a child is distressed, acknowledge their experiences and feelings in the moment.
“I can see you’re sad” , “It’s OK to cry”
Help them put their feelings into words
For children who are developing language, help them to put their feelings into words by linking their facial expressions and body language to a word. This will help them describe their feelings and understand those feelings in themselves.
“You’re smiling – you must be happy!”
Use open-ended questions
When talking to children, ask open-ended questions using the 5 W’s and 1 H, Who, What, When, Where Why, How.
This helps children learn to acknowledge and articulate their feelings, and opens opportunities to interact more in a conversation, and helps children develop coping and problem-solving skills
Use role play
Encouraging role play helps children to act out their emotions in a safe environment. Parents can also ask the child to act out specific emotions, this will help the child to develop their own understanding of emotions, and help parents to understand what that emotion looks like and means to the child.
Incorporate mindfulness, breathing activities or other relaxation techniques into everyday routines and activities in educational settings.
WHY JOIN THE PMA KIDS COMMUNITY
By strengthening the mental health of children, whilst also supporting the other not less important, but well-known areas such as safety, security, financial support and academia, we support the whole child both mentally and physically.
With our resources for parents and children, PMA Kids ltd aims to develop key strengths from early childhood by bridging the gap between years of positive psychology and child development study and the mainstream public.
Beyond Blue Ltd. (2017). Building resilience in children aged 0–12: A practice guide
Teaching Children to name their feelings. Adams, Emily J.YC Young Children; Washington Vol. 66, Iss. 3, (May 2011): 66-67.
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