Feelings

We are all emotional creatures, subject to changes in mood and thoughts. Being in touch with this has never been more important than today. Businesses are now placing a huge emphasis on mental health, wellbeing and de-stressing. With children we can lay the foundations by helping them be aware of their feelings and highlighting their role and importance in life.
Just one exercise a day can make a difference to your child's development. Each of the coaching cards below takes no more than five minutes and requires zero preparation.
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Feelings

What feelings do you have?

Encourage your child to explore the diverse range of feelings that people experience.
Medium
Guidance
Talk about feelings. Identify a range from happy-sad, calm-angry, excited-scared, energised - tired etc.
Prompts if stuck
1) How many different feelings or emotions are there?

Guidance

Talk about feelings. Identify a range from happy-sad, calm-angry, excited-scared, energised - tired etc. Look back on the day and think about how you were both feeling at various points.

Prompts if stuck

1) Today I was sometimes happy, excited and a bit scared all at different times! How many feelings are there overall?

2) What makes you feel different things?

3) What kind of feelings do other people have?

Feelings

What feelings do you have?

Encourage your child to explore the diverse range of feelings that people experience.
Medium

Guidance

Talk about feelings. Identify a range from happy-sad, calm-angry, excited-scared, energised - tired etc. Look back on the day and think about how you were both feeling at various points.

Prompts if stuck

1) Today I was sometimes happy, excited and a bit scared all at different times! How many feelings are there overall?

2) What makes you feel different things?

3) What kind of feelings do other people have?

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Noticing Emotions

What emotions do you feel?

Introduce your child to mindfulness
Hard
Guidance
Introduce your child one of the teachings of mindfulness: being aware of the emotional states you are in, and noticing as those emotions come and go almost as though you were an outside observer.
Prompts if stuck
When was the last time you felt really angry?

Guidance

Introduce your child one of the teachings of mindfulness: being aware of the emotional states you are in, and noticing as those emotions come and go almost as though you were an outside observer. This ability to detach will help your child recognise and take control of their emotions.

Prompts if stuck

1) Remember that time you were a bit angry / frustrated. What had happened?

2) Can you imagine at that moment looking at yourself from the other side of the room?

3) What would you advise yourself to do?

Noticing Emotions

What emotions do you feel?

Introduce your child to mindfulness
Hard

Guidance

Introduce your child one of the teachings of mindfulness: being aware of the emotional states you are in, and noticing as those emotions come and go almost as though you were an outside observer. This ability to detach will help your child recognise and take control of their emotions.

Prompts if stuck

1) Remember that time you were a bit angry / frustrated. What had happened?

2) Can you imagine at that moment looking at yourself from the other side of the room?

3) What would you advise yourself to do?

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Happy

What made you happy today?

Encourage your child to end the day with positive and happy feelings.
Easy
Guidance
Ask you child how their day was at school - but specifically focusing on what made them happy.
Prompts if stuck
What did you do today?

Guidance

Ask you child how their day was at school - but specifically focusing on what made them happy. If it helps, have them close their eyes and play back the day in their head. Tell them about what made you happy today as well.

Prompts if stuck

1) You did lots today! What was the best part?

2) What made you grateful today?

3) What can you do tomorrow to also make you happy?

Happy

What made you happy today?

Encourage your child to end the day with positive and happy feelings.
Easy

Guidance

Ask you child how their day was at school - but specifically focusing on what made them happy. If it helps, have them close their eyes and play back the day in their head. Tell them about what made you happy today as well.

Prompts if stuck

1) You did lots today! What was the best part?

2) What made you grateful today?

3) What can you do tomorrow to also make you happy?

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