Feelings are meant to be felt and experienced. Too often our world teaches children to avoid or ignore their feelings. When we give children the space to feel, we are building a foundation of strong mental health.
Click to the free feelings wheel printable. This feeling wheel is part of my Mindful Emotions Toolkit, which contains printable resources like emotion thermometers, specific emotion cards, and regulation cards.
Next time your child has a big emotion, hand them the feeling wheel and ask them to find the one showing their feelings. Encourage your child to describe that feeling and the sensations that go along with it.
This is a significant first step in developing healthy coping skills. By helping your child label their feelings, you also show that you acknowledge and accept their emotions. This teaches children they can face their feelings instead of avoiding them.