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Tips On Teaching Your Kid To Verbalize Their Emotions

For nearly a year-and-a-half, it didn’t matter if your kid was angry, sad, frustrated or afraid – when it came to negative emotions, they had one outlet: a 5-alarm freak out. Fortunately, they’re moving into a phase where they can express these things with a bit more nuance, but they’re going to need your help. Make a game out of naming the emotions that certain facial expressions represent, or transfer those emotions to a toy or stuffed animal, and act out scenarios that have happy outcomes. You can also give them physical cues, like a foot stomp for frustration or a yawn for exhaustion, that will help them communicate how they’re feeling to you. There’s even a version of retail therapy, since plenty of books and games have been created to teach kids about how they’re feeling. Pretty soon, they’ll be so good at vocalizing their displeasure, you’ll miss the days when they couldn’t actually talk.

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