Every individual experiences different intensities of feelings each day. Children who are able to identify and understand emotions are often more capable of understanding why others behave differently.
Learning more about emotions enables children to gain stronger self-awareness and empathy.
How does this benefit your child?
Research has shown that children tend to display more prosocial behaviors and are more aware of other’s needs when parents talk to them about emotions and get them thinking about it.
Furthermore, learning how to deal with emotions in constructive ways encourages the children to become better social problem-solvers, while having less aggression and less anxiety.
The knowledge that children attain in this aspect empowers them to express and regulate their emotions appropriately.
Children who learn to share their emotions with others allow others to understand them better.
Providing children with relevant words to name what they are feeling helps them express themselves better and provides them with deeper understanding of their emotions.
It is also fundamental to normalize emotions and assure children that emotions are neither good or bad to comfort them.
Children are young and may have limited emotional vocabulary, but are able to widen their expressive language skills when they learn new words to describe their feelings.
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- Brownell, C. A., Svetlova, M., Anderson, R., Nichols, S. R., & Drummond, J. (2013). Socialization of early prosocial behavior: Parents’ talk about emotions is associated with sharing and helping in toddlers. Infancy, 18(1), 91-119.
- Drummond, J., Paul, E. F., Waugh, W. E., Hammond, S. I., & Brownell, C. A. (2014). Here, there and everywhere: emotion and mental state talk in different social contexts predicts empathic helping in toddlers. Frontiers in psychology, 5(1), 361.
- Spinrad, T. L., & Gal, D. E. (2018). Fostering prosocial behavior and empathy in young children. Current opinion in psychology, 20(1), 40-44.