Teaching my children to identify their feelings was always one of my main goals. Why? Because it helps them hone a life-long skill. In almost every situation I’ve tried to address and talk about how my daughter feels! And I’ve started from very early age. You don’t have to wait until your children are school aged. Toddlers/preschoolers can talk about feelings too. Start simple with three basic feelings: sad, happy, mad.
Other day I have discovered the children’s book TODAY I FEEL… by Portuguese author Madalena Moniz, in which a little boy feels different emotions from A to Z — like adored, excited, nervous and strong. It has beautiful illustrations.
At bedtime, Mia and I cuddled up with the book and talk about different feelings some she understands others are more complex like ‘uncertain’ so I explained what the word meant.
Here are some more books about feelings that we love:
Kind by Alison Green (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
Harry The Happy Mouse by N G K
How are you feeling today? by Molly Potter
What children’s books are you loving these days?
Rosie - greenrosielife
What an absolutely gorgeous book. Such a good way to introduce children to the language of feelings.
We love it too!
This is such a lovely and beautiful book! It would be such a great tool for little people with autism I think, like my son who’s learnt the alphabet at 18 month old but still struggles with emotions.
Emotions are sometimes hard to grasp for little ones!