Emotions like happiness, excitement, loneliness, and grief cannot easily be explained to young children. Unlike alphabet teaching where you can simply depend on the appearance of letters, emotions are something different and may be challenging to learn.
But why do you need to share the concept of emotions with your children? Why is there a need for little kids to learn about different feelings? Shouldn’t kids only be smiling and always joyful?
Here are the top reasons why your little children have to identify the right emotions:
1. Emotions form part of their personality and daily lives. It is crucial for understanding their own selves.
Contrary to how most people believe, even children have valid emotions. You cannot say that they are throwing tantrums just because they like to cry. It is not acceptable to assume that kids don’t understand anything yet because all they think about are toys, food, and play.
Emotions are part of everybody’s lives – from little babies to adults. When infants cry, it is because something has disappointed them – maybe a hungry tummy, an overflowing diaper, or a desire to be caressed. Kids don’t cry out of nowhere. Almost all the time, there would be valid reasons why our children display certain emotions.
If we keep on dismissing the emotions of our children as invalid, then we pose a threat to their healthy mental and emotional development. We have to let them acknowledge their own feelings and allow them to identify their emotional needs so they could grow up to be stable in mind and heart.
2. Emotions affect all other aspects of your children’s lives.
Do you want your children to succeed in their academics? Do you want them to experience fun in school? Do you desire to see your kids celebrating their milestones?
If you have big dreams and only the best wishes for your children, then you will have to check their emotions from as early as their infancy. There are some babies who tend to be easily annoyed while some children are essentially frolicsome. Being observant of your little ones’ facial and body expressions can help you react appropriately in different circumstances.
By intentionally checking your child’s feelings, you can also help them find the perfect balance between and among different emotions and even promote healthy emotions for a better disposition in life. Know that the way that your children regulate their emotions can affect their chances for future success in life.
3. Emotions can determine your children’s social relationships.
Who wants to be around people who are always mad? Who looks forward to spending time with children who are always crying and aloof?
The society generally wants people of positive vibes. Although there are valid times when individuals can feel lonely, it is not good for parents to promote lingering anger and constant melancholy among their kids.
As parents, we need to be very intentional in teaching our children about social relationships and interactions. If we want our kids to grow up happy and fulfilled in their relationships with friends and family, then we also need to help them regulate their emotions and choose to find happiness in circumstances as early as now.
Teaching about emotions can truly be challenging. If you want to discover the best ways to share the concept of feelings to your children, then wait for the next post because I will give you tips on how to successfully teach emotions to little ones.