We know the importance of emotions and their management, however we do not always have the tools that allow us to do so. We offer you some resources to work emotions such as sadness, joy, anger, pain… whose correct management, causes certain social skills, such as assertiveness, self-esteem, empathy.
Many fathers and mothers do not have the resources to accompany in the development and management of their children’s emotions . That is why they need to be able to find them, and facilitate this work, which is already done in classrooms and in other educational and social spaces.
Resources to work emotions from 0 to 6 years
One of the first exercises that any baby does naturally is to interpret the face. That’s how you’ll notice when your mom is angry, sad or cheerful. To work with young children emotions we can show them a series of drawings in which the characters show these feelings.
We have already mentioned on some occasions the book Emocionario, in which there are more than 22 different emotions, and from which you can download the cards to work emotions with children. Sometimes it’s not so easy, even for adults, to describe whether we have anger, helplessness or frustration, for example.
The videos you can find on Youtube or other channels will also help your young children feel empathy for the characters and share those emotions of loneliness, surprise or illusion. Anger is an emotion that is essential to learn to manage well at these ages.
Manage emotions from 6 to 12 years old
We recommend starting at these ages collective games with other boys and girls in which everyone manifests and interacts with their own emotions. For example, you can have a workshop where children complete a story, or simply finish a sentence. Exercise may not end here but the emotions that have arisen can be grouped, or you can talk about which ones are contradictory to each other.
Another of the games you can do at home is “Discover how you are”, it is highly recommended to work the identity and perception that each boy or girl has of himself, his emotions and feelings. It starts with a physical self-description and gradually add more subtle qualifiers and adjectives.
also recommend a series of short films, from the association La Claqueta in which values such as friendship, tolerance and respect for others are taught. These short films are one of the many videos you can find in which emotions are worked as fundamental tools for coexistence.
From the age of 9, 10, boys and girls enter pre-adolescence. The correct management of emotions is now essential to adapt to the physical and psychological changes that occur. We can’t hold hormones responsible for everything. It is important to have a good range of resources and use them.
Attending emotions in the classroom after confinement
We want to talk about the page developed by the Department of Education of the Generalitat in which parents and teachers are offered a series of resources to attend to students’ emotions , after returning to schools and institutes after the closure obliged by COVID19.
These resources will promote meeting spaces, dynamics of reunion with the recommended social distance, attention to the emotional needs of those children who are in the process of grieving. There are also videos with reflections of pedagogues experts , psychologists, from the field of guidance, directors of centers. These videos are accompanied by guides, documents and other materials that will help mothers manage the emotional impact of returning to classrooms for everyone.
We believe that in other communities this attention will also be paid to the management of emotions, of boys and girls, after the period of the state of alarm and summer holidays.